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Carey, George

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 22, credited to Shaftsbury, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT LARTY
Service: enl 12/18/61, m/i 2/18/62, CPL, 1st VT LARTY BTRY, m/o 8/10/64

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VITALS

Birth: 04/01/1840, Shaftsbury, VT
Death: 01/13/1920

Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Arlington, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Boudreau
Findagrave Memorial #: 15868304

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, Death date/location
Portrait?: Unknown
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: None

DESCENDANTS

3rd Great Grandfather of Emma J. Hall, Hoosick Falls, NY

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BURIAL:

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Evergreen Cemetery, Arlington, VT

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George Carey

Source: Bennington Banner
Jan. 29, 1900

Famous Gunner of First Vt. Battery

George Carey, Who Died Recently at Arlington, Reputed One of the Best Marksmen in Federal Army

George Carey, aged 79, who died at his home south of Arlington village December 13, was one of the town's oldest residents, practically all of his life having been passed in that locality.

April 4, 1859, he married Hattie E. Henry of Troy and to the couple were born six children, all of whom are living. Mrs. William B. Hard of South Shaftsbury, Ralph H. Carey of Buffalo, NY, Hawley A. Carey of Gracey. Conn., Mrs. Alfred Brown of Cambridge, NY, Mrs. Hattie Dickinson of Hinsdale, N.H., and Mrs. Stella Davis of East Arlington. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Milo Deno of Salisbury, and three brothers, Artemus Carey of Middlebury, Byron Carey of Shaftsbury and Dennis Carey of Meriden, Conn. There are also 11 surviving grandchildren.

Eleven years after the death of his first wife, Mr. Carey married Mrs. Josephine Hale on January 25, 1899. The widow with the assistance of her daughter, Mrs. Frazer Shawkey, and husband provided all the care that loving hands could furnish. Death was caused by pneumonia.

December 18, 1861, George Carey enlisted in the First Vermont light artillery was later promoted to gunner with the rank of corporal. He was considered one of the best marksmen in the federal army and this reputation is corroborated by the following letter from an officer who knew him:

"Mrs. William B. Hard:

"Replying to your letter, I regret to inform you that your father was not a member of my company. He served under Captain Hubbard of the First Vermont battery. The officers of his company and others of his acquaintances in the army said that he was one of the best gunners in the campaigns of the Potomac. It was reported that the confederates in making a charge would say, ' Look out for that left hand gun!' which was the piece your father sighted.

In regard to his record as a soldier it can be said that there have been his equal but not his superior. I am sorry that I can not tell you more, for in my opinion there could not be too much said in memory of George Carey.

Yours respectfully, R.O. Gore"

Contributed by Tom Boudreau

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