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Age: 18, credited to Vergennes, VT
Unit(s): 153rd NY INF
Service: enl, Broadalbin, m/i, Pvt, Co. A, 153rd NY INF, 3/22/65, m/o 10/2/65, Savannah, GA
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Birth: 1847, Vergennes, VT
Burial: Southview Cemetery, North Adams, MA
Marker/Plot: Not Recorded
Gravestone photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 188776914
Alias?: None noted
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: Death certificate states born in Vergennes, VT; obit states native of Brandon, VT.
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Southview Cemetery, North Adams, MA
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LAST G. A. R. MEMBER PAID FULL HONOR
Military Rites Held For John Mitchell
Veteran and Patriotic Organizations Join in Civil War Soldier's Funeral.
Veterans of two wars and various patriotic societies joined in paying final tribute to John Mitchell, next to the last surviving Civil war veteran in North Adams and commander and last member of C. D. Sanford post, G. A. R., who died on Thursday, at funeral services yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in Grand Army hall.
Rev. Pliny A. Allen, pastor of the Universalist church, gave a sympathetic reading of the service. The esteem in which Mr. Mitchell was widely held was evident from the many friends and associates who attended the service and by the number that viewed the body as it lay in state at Grand Army hall where Mr. Mitchell had spent much of his time in recent years, yesterday from 10:30 o'clock until 2 o'clock.
In an impressive eulogy, Rev. Mr. Allen said that North Adams was not only laying John Mitchell to rest but also a period of history that meant so much to this country and of which he and his comrades in the war between the states played such an important part. “The men who played roles in that great era must pass away and what they accomplished will never died and it is up to us, the living, to keep what they did going,” he said.
Burial was in Southview cemetery with Rev. Mr. Allen officiating and with members of Company K local unit of the Massachusetts national guard, paying final military tribute. A color guard and firing squad composed of non-commissioned officers under the command of First Sergeant Leonard Lewitt conducted the military rites, while a bugler from a nearby knoll ended the ceremonies with the sounding of taps. Bearers, all past commanders of Frank R. Stiles post, American Legion, were Frederick Sinderman, John R. Lilly, Fred Yeadon, Henry Goodrich, John Fee and Alphonsus Merrigan.
Stiles post, of which Mr. Mitchell was an “adopted member” was in charge of the services with Commander Samuel Goldstein as active head. Other organizations that assisted Stiles post included the Women's Relief Corps, William E. Ludlow camp, Spanish-American War Veterans of Adams and its auxiliary, the Sons of Union Veterans and its auxiliary.
Besides the survivors mentioned in the obituary in Friday's issue of the Transcript, Mr. Mitchell leaves three nieces, Miss Rosie Todd, Miss Alice Dyer and Mrs. Delia Porter, all of North Adams.
Source: North Adams Transcript, October 31, 1938.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.