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Booth, Cassius M.

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 19, credited to Essex, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF, USN
Service: enl 9/10/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. F, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63; enl 10/64, LNDS, USN, m/o 6/25/65, Vessels: General Thomas

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VITALS

Birth: 08/07/1843, Essex, VT
Death: 06/24/1903

Burial: Village Cemetery, Essex, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 70592345

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 11/21/1887, VT; widow Julia R., 6/29/1903, VT
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 INF, off-site

DESCENDANTS

2nd Great Granduncle of Jeffrey Booth, Seattle, WA

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BURIAL:

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Tombstone

Village Cemetery, Essex, VT

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Photo Photo

(Sturtevant's Pictorial History, Thirteenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865)

Biography

CASSIUS M. BOOTH, second son of Samuel C. and Eunice (Woodworth) Booth, was born in Essex, Vt., August 7, 1843. Educated in the common schools and Academy of Essex. Enlisted from Essex, Vt., September 10, 1862, as a private in Company F, 13th Reg., Vt. Vol. Inf. Mustered in the service of the United States with the regiment at Brattleboro, Vt., October 10, 1862. He was a person liking excitement and as a soldier preferred active duty rather than staying in camp. An expert forager he had many close calls in borrowing from the enemy or their friends, when rations were short or a need of changing the diet. Scouting in the enemy's country is always considered hazardous duty. Private Booth was taken quite sick at Camp Occoquan and refuse to go to a hospital and requested to be allowed to remain in quarters, which was granted and he was soon able to do light duty. June 25th when the regiment started o the Gettysburg campaign being convalescent was detailed as guard to the wagon train, obeyed orders and performed the duty in a faithful manner as any good soldier would. Mustered out with the regiment at Brattleboro, Vt., July 21, 1863. Again entered the service, enlisting October, 1861, as ordinary seaman in the Volunteer Navy, Mississippi Squadron under Commodore Foote, was assigned to duty on the gunboat General Thomas of the Upper Tennessee Fleet, of which Captain Gilbert Morton was commander; was promoted to paymaster steward and acting in the capacity of assistant paymaster on the gunboat. Officer Booth was in all of the engagements that the gunboat General Thomas took part in. Captain Morton highly complimented Officer Boot for his coolness and bravery in action, valuable service as a volunteer scout, and meritorious conduct during this term of service. Honorably discharged from the naval service June 25, 1865. Married Miss Julia Hunt, of Essex, Vt., November 21, 1865. A member of Sherman Post 86, G.A.R. A faithful official in the Customs service for many years, he was serving as deputy collector in charge of the port at Alburg, Vt. at the time of his death which occurred June 24, 1903. Mr. Booth leaves a wife and daughter living in the village home at Essex Junction and two sons that reside in Burlington, Vt.

Funeral exercises of Cassius M. Booth were held on the afternoon of June 26, 1903, in the Congregational church at Essex Junction, Vt., there being a large attendance of friends, relatives, member of his Post, delegation from Stannard Post G.A.S., and Custom House officials from Burlington.The services at the grave in the village cemetery were in charge of R.S. Sherman Post, G.A.R.

Source: Sturtevant's Pictorial History, Thirteenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865, p. 572

Obituary

DEATH OF CASSIUS BOOTH

Essex Junction Man, for Many Years in Customs Office, Expires in Alburgh

Cassius M. Booth of the Customs department, was found dead in bed in Alburgh Wednesday morning. Heart trouble was the cause, although when he was at his home in Essex Junction Sunday he seemed in good health.

The news was telephoned to his brother in Swanton and he sent word to Alba Booth of Burlington who came to the Junction to notify his mother before going to Alburgh on the noon train. The body was brought home on the midnight train and the funeral will be held Friday afternoon. Prayer will be said at his late home at 2 o'clock after which the body will be taken to the Congregational church. R.S. Sherman Post, No. 86, G.A.R. will have charge. The interment will take place in the village cemetery.

Besides the widow, who is a sister of J.E. Hunt, the real estate dealer, he left two sons, Ernest, who is employed by the Burlington Trust company, Burlington, and Alba C., who is in the Park drug store, Burlington, and one daughter, Miss Jessie, who lives with her mother in Essex Junction. Mr. Booth's mother, who is over eighty, and Mrs. Booth's father, also an old man, live at the family home at the Junction. There are three brothers, Lucius C., of Chicago, Frank W., of Essex Junction and Dennis of Swanton.

Mr. Booth was born in Essex 60 years ago and began work in the customs office at St. Albans when about 30 years old. Except when the government administration made some changes he had been employed in the work ever since, residing some time in Swanton and going to Alburgh two years ago last April.

Mr. Booth went out with the army in the Civil war twice, once as a nine months man in Company F, 13th Vermont, and the last time he was in the navy under Capt. Morton of the gunboat Gen. Thomas, on the Tennessee river and was paymaster steward on the boat.

Source: Burlington Clipper, June 27, 1903
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.