Chase, John B.
Age: 36, credited to Danville, VTVITALS
Birth: 02/14/1825, Danville, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Danville Green Cemetery, Danville, VT
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Corporal Chase died from a gunshot to the hip that moved to the abdomen while pursuing the rebel enemy on 27 Apr 1862 at McGaheysville, VA. He captured the enemy and his horse and sabre then fainted. He died the next day in Harrisonburg, VA. His fellow soldiers raised $150 to return his body to Danville for a formal military burial.
Contributed by Keith Badger, John's 3rd Great Grandson.
Death of a Danville Soldier
From the Star we learn further particulars of the death of Corporal John B. Chase of Danville, (of whom our correspondent makes mention elsewhere). It seems he was wounded by a pistol-shot fired from the window of a house that the cavalry was passing while making the charge upon Ashby's rebel cavalry - the ball entering his hip and crossing into his abdomen. Chase did not notice the wound at the time, but rode forward and ran down one of the rebel cavalries, taking him and his horse prisoners. He soon, however, became faint and called upon his brother soldiers for help, who came up, assisted him off his horse, and he was taken to camp. He lived but about twenty-four hours, retaining his faculties to the last. Mr. Chase leaves a wife and four children. The boys was placed in a metallic coffin, and his own brother, Loren Chase (also a member of Co. D) accompanied the remains to Danville.
The Star also says:
The funeral services took place at the Methodist Chapel in this village, last Thursday in presence of a large congregation of sympathizing friends. The deceased was buried with military honors. The exercises in church were conducted by the resident clergymen, Messrs. McMullen and Eastman, with appropriate dirges by the choir, and a few patriotic remarks by Hon. B.N. Davis. The funeral procession was escorted to the grave with martial music and a guard of soldiers under command of John L. Palmer. - The coffin was draped with the American flag and on top lay the rifle and saber which the deceased had won as trophies. - The scene was solemn and impressive - The last sad rite, that of firing a volley over his grave - and the brave soldier was "left alone to his glory."
St. Johnsbury Caledonian, May 16, 1862
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.