Age: 17, credited to Berlin, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: enl 8/29/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. C, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63
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Birth: 1846, Berlin, VT
Burial: St. Augustine Cemetery, Montpelier, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 13757173
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 10/7/1871; widow Harriet F., 12/1/1873
Portrait?: 13th History
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: 13th Vt. History off-site
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St. Augustine Cemetery, Montpelier, VT
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WILLIAM BLAIR was the youngest recruit that volunteered into the East Montpelier Company, being only just 17 at the date of enlistment, as appears on the printed reports of P. T. Wash- burn, Adjutant and Assistant General of Vermont. Others may have been younger for as a matter of fact some of the young fellows thought that unless they gave their ages 18, would not be accepted, and such were anxious to join Uncle Sam's army and fight for the Union. Young Blair was an enthusiastic boy, on hand at all times, night or day, march, camp guard, police duty, drill, on the picket line, any duty he responded to cheerfully and did his best every time. Served his full term and was discharged at Brattleboro, Vt., July 21, 1863.. He made a good record, never disgraced his uniform or failed of duty. He was one of the youthful heroes that stood in the line of battle and with manly courage faced the belching cannon in that sanguinary struggle for right and victory, of such were the gallant volunteers of Colonel Randall's Green Mountain Boys. Our dear comrade answered the final call January 7, 1873, and is buried in the Catholic cemetery at Montpelier, Vt. On pages 192 and 220 of this book will be seen the pictures of William Blair.
Source: Sturtevant's Pictorial History, Thirteenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865, p. 123
DEATHS In Berlin, June 7, Mr. William Blair, aged 28 years and 7 months.
Source: Argus and Patriot, June 12, 1873.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.