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Celley, Don Birney

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 21, credited to Berlin, VT
Unit(s): 9th VT INF, 13th VT INF, 1st ME INF
Service: enl 9/5/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. C, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63; enl 8/16/64, m/i 8/16/64, Pvt, Co. C, 9th VT INF, m/o 6/13/65; also 1st ME INF

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VITALS

Birth: 08/03/1841, Montpelier, VT
Death: 08/28/1921

Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery, Northfield, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 34246528

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: Cilley, Don on most records
Pension?: Yes, 7/13/1881, death date/place listed
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

Webmaster's Note: If this soldier enlisted before 9/1/62, and was with the regiment on 9/13/62, he would have briefly been taken prisoner along with the entire regiment at Harper's Ferry. Read the blue section of the unit's Organization and Service for details.


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Mount Hope Cemetery, Northfield, VT

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Biography

DON B. CILLEY was from the town of Berlin, Vt., and volunteered and enrolled into Company C September 5, 1862. His age was 21 and very well prepared in size and health, fortitude, courage, and patriotism to be one of Colonel Randall's Green Mountain Boys. He sustained and made a good record as a soldier and returned to his native hills, streams, and valleys proud of his share in securing victory over General Lee's great army at Gettysburg. But after being mustered out the fire of patriotism still remained in his heart and on the 16th of August, 1864, again volunteered and Joined Company C of the 9th Regiment as a recruit tor one year. Was mustered out June 13, 1865, after the close of the war. His regiment took part in the battle of Chapin's Farm, Va., September 29, 1864, Fair Oaks, Va., October 27, 1864, and the Pall of Richmond, Va., April 3rd, 1865. Comrade Cilley must have been happy indeed because at the fall of Richmond and a soldier when General Lee surrendered at Appomattox. He returned home and resumed his former occupation. A pastime in civil life has been hunting bears that infest the hills of his native county. He has captured many and won a reputation as a successful bear hunter. Comrade Cilley still lives in Berlin and enjoys the reputation of a valiant soldier and bear hunter.

Ralph Orson Sturtevant and Carmi L. Marsh. Pictorial History: Thirteenth Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865, (Privately published by the regiment, c1910), p. 495.

Obituary

Don B. Celley

Don B. Celley who has been in poor health for some time, passed away at his home on Crescent Avenue, Sunday, August 28. He was at the sanitarium in Randolph for medical treatment for some time but he could not be helped and grew worse. He was 80 years old and is survived by one daughter Mrs. Guy Rice, of Ogendensburg (sic), N.Y. and six grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. James Cook. Mrs. Celley died over a year ago. For many years they were residents of Berlin. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the home Rev. Francis Clark, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. Interment was in Mt. Hope cemetery. Mr. Celley was a Civil war veteran, and the members of William Boynton Post, G.A.R. attended the services in a body and acted as an escort. The members of the Sons of Veterans were the bearers.

Source: The Northfield News, Sept. 6, 1921.
Courtesy of Corinne Stridsberg

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