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1st Vermont Infantry


Bradford Guards Meeting

The surviving members of the Bradford Guards of 1861 and guests in the number of 25, were entertained at the home of Capt. and Mrs. Burnham Cowdrey, in Bradford, August 15, with a dinner and social time, it being the 50th anniversary of the mustering out of Company D, and the 1st Vt. Regt. after the three months service.

The "boys of '61" spent their time entertaining each other with stories of the old days, reading letters written in 1861, and music, the latter being furnished by Misses Marie Callahan and Margaret Clark, granddaughter and niece of the host.

There are only 20 members of the company now living and of these 11 were present as follows: Burnham Cowdrey, John C. Stearns, Preston S. Chamberlin, J. B. Brooks, Azro B. Davis, William N. Jewell, George A. Johnson, Robert Meserve, and George P. Moore.

Letters were received and read from Edwin A. Wilcox, George W. Flanders, Charles T. McKellips, George W. Norcross, George E. Wood, Charles C. Wright and Elijah Farr.

Letters from the late ex-Gov. Roswell Farnham, a member of the company written from the front, were read by his daughter.

Among the guests present were Mrs. Ellen H. Veasey of Holyoke, Mass., and Mrs. Frank H. Clark of Windsor, sisters of Mrs. Cowdrey.

The Vermont Journal, September 1, 1911

Courtesy of Cathy Hoyt.