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Burbank, Walter H.


Age: 41, credited to St. Albans, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 8/16/62, m/i 9/29/62, PVT, Co. L, 1st VT CAV, pr Co. QMSGT, 3/1/64, comn 2LT, Co. A, 2/9/65 (3/6/65), pr 1LT, 5/17/65 (5/22/65), wdd, Reams's Station, 6/22/64, m/o 6/21/65

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Birth: 04/14/1821, Boscawen, NH
Death: 05/28/1907

Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore, IL
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 58541841


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 8/19/1889, IL; widow Cornelia L., 6/28/1907, IL
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Walter H. Burbank

St. Albans Daily Messenger
Death of Walter H, Burbank
Word has been received here of the death of Walter H, Burbank, of Cortland township, Ill., Sunday, May 26. Mr. Burbank formerly resided here, coming to this city when eight years old. The True Republican, published at Sycamore, Ill., has the following sketch of Mr. Burbank's life: "Walter H. Burbank was a son of Eleazer and Drusilla (Flanders) Burbank, and was born at Boscawen, N. H., April 14, 1821, and therefore reached the the advanced age of 86 years. The family remove to St. Albans, Vt., in 1829, when the son was eight years of age. Here he attended school and grew to manhood.
At Georgia, Vt. on October 4, 1847, Mr. Burbank was united in marriage to Miss Cornelia Moore, who survives him, after a happy married life of sixty years.
Mr Burbank was one of the first to respond to the call to arms in the Civil War, and enlisted at St. Albans in 1862, in Company L, in the famous First Vermont Cavalry. Of the 258 regiments of cavalry in the service of the United States in that war, few, if any, performed more arduous service than did the First Vermont. It soon achieved a reputation as one of the best fighting regiments in the army, standing fifth in the list of cavalry organizations suffering the greatest loss in killed and mortally wounded. It participated in no less that seventy-five battles and skirmishes, the first of which was on April 16, 1862, only a few weeks after Mr. Burbank enlisted, when it met the enemy for the first time in the valley of Shenandoah. Among the battles it was engaged in were those of Gettysburg, Yellow Tavern, Winchester, Cedar Creek, Waynesboro, Five Forks, and Appomattox Station. Of this regiment, officers and men, 102 were killed or mortally wounded in action; 123 died of disease and by accident; 172 died in Confederate prisons--total, 376. Total wounded inaction, 275.
Mr. Burbank served to the close of the war, when he returned home, sound in limb, but shattered in health by his long service and terrible experiences, to care for his wife and children who had suffered for want of a husband's and father's care and support. In 1866 Mr. Burbank and family became residents of DeKalb county, settling in Cortland township. Here they made their home for many years until, the children being grown up and his health being poor, he removed in 1874 to Sycamore, and his home on Somonauk st. where he ever after resided. There are surviving three children: George, who resides on the home farm: Arthur, a jeweler at Rochelle, Ill., and Mrs Fannie Arnold, who is now a resident of Tracey, Minn.
Mr. Burbank became a member of the Methodist church in 1899. He was faithful to every duty--to his family, to his neighbors, to his country, to his God. Of firm convictions and purposeful, he was yet broad-minded, fair, charitable, and considerate of others. A goos man has left us. The funeral services were held at the home on this (Tuesday) afternoon at 2 o'clock and were conducted by Rev. E. G. Cattermole, pastor of the Methodist church. The interment was in Elmwood cemetery.
Courtesy of Bob Hackett.