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Bruce, Alonzo James


Age: 22, credited to Duxbury, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: enl 8/25/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. B, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63

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Birth: 04/01/1842, Duxbury, VT
Death: 05/10/1909

Burial: Elm Grove Cemetery, Montague, MA
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 128946912


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: 13th VT INF, off-site
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, Died in Springfield.


2nd Great Grandfather of Gary K. Matter, Enfield, CT

Great Grandfather of Philip E. Bruce, Plainfield, VT

Great Grandfather of Shawn K. Bruce, Served with U.S. Army in Iraq

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Elm Grove Cemetery, Montague, MA

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Alonzo J. Bruce enlisted from Duxbury, in which town he was born April 1, 1842. His great-grandfather, Moses Bruce, was one of the first settlers in Newburyport, Mass., and was quarter-master in the old Continental Army under General Wolfe when he made his raid into Canada. His grandfather, also Moses Bruce, born in Newburyport, moved to Barnard where his father, Moses Bruce, was born who afterwards settled in Duxbury. His grandfather was six years old and could remember the battle of Bunker Hill and often told about seeing the red coats cross the Charles river.

Comrade Bruce was a good soldier but came through his term of service without special incident to mark it from others. He was sick and in regimental hospital a few weeks about December but was soon on duty again, and was with the company to the end.

Source: History of the 13th Regiment Vermont Volunteers.

Contributed by Bob Hackett.


Springfield Republican, May 11, 1909


A Veteran of the Civil War and a Former Resident of Montague and Greenfield.

Alonzo James Bruce, 67, a native of Vermont and a veteran of the civil war, died yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles G. Fairman, 169 Euclid avenue. He was born in Duxbury, Vt. He lived in Springfield about a year after his marriage in 1864, and later removed to the West, where he remained until 1889. He lived in different parts of Nebraska and Colorado. He returned to the Connecticut valley in 1889 and settled at Montague, where he lived for 12 years. He moved to Greenfield, and lived there till a few weeks ago, when he came to the home of his daughter in this city. Most of his life he was a farmer, but he worked for several years in the rod shop in Montague.

Mr. Bruce served in the 13th Vermont regiment in the civil war, and took part in the battle of Gettysburg. He was a member of Edwin E. Day Grand Army post of Greenfield. The funeral arrangements have not been completed, but will be conducted by Edwin E. Day post, and the burial will be in Montague. He leaves five daughters, Mrs. Charles G. Fairman and Misses Georgia and hazel Bruce of this city, Mrs. James Hanlan of West Allis, Wis., and Mrs. Oscar Dahl of Greenfield; one son, Howard of Middlesex, Vt.; two sisters, Mrs. Lena Smith of Waterbury, Vt., and Mrs. May Burgess of Boston, and two brothers, Lucian of Pasadena, Cal., and Lucius of Waterbury, Vt.

Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.

13th Vermont Regimental History

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