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Dodge, Richard S.

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 38, credited to Worcester, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT INF, 17th VT INF
Service: (9th US INF, Mexican War); enl 5/7/61, m/i 6/20/61, Pvt, Co. D, 2nd VT INF, wdd, Fredericksburg, 12/13/62, dis/dsb 3/29/63; enl 8/4/64 cred. Waterbury, m/i 8/22/64, Pvt, Co. K, 17th VT INF, m/o 7/14/65

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VITALS

Birth: 02/10/1825, Montpelier, VT
Death: 02/06/1907

Burial: Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT
Marker/Plot: Lot 135
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 77720848

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 4/2/1863 (+Mexican War)
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

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Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT

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Biography

Richard S. Dodge, born 2/10/1825, Montpelier, was the veteran of two wars. He served for two years with the 9th U.S. Infantry during the Mexican War. "At the battle of Chapultepec, Mexico, he was complimented by his officers for bravery in the storming of the fort. He was the first man to scale the walls, and when handing down the enemy's flag, received a bayonet wound in the face, which scar he carries to this day, as he does also several others received in action. When a boy he was dubbed with the title of ‘Shack,' which he is familiarly known by to this day. To give all of the narrow escapes which he has passed through would fill a volume. He was never ‘dared' but what he made the ‘attempt,' regardless of the result." When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted, at age 38, credited to Worcester, 5/7/1861. He mustered in as a private in Co. D, 2nd Vermont Infantry on 6/20/1861, was wounded at Fredericksbrug on 12/13/1862, and discharged for disability on 3/29/1863. He enlisted again, this time credited to Waterbury, on 8/4/1864, and mustered in as a private in Co. K, 17th Vermont Infantry on 8/22/1864. He mustered out 7/14/1865. He died 2/6/1907, and is buried in Green Mount cemetery, Montpelier.

Source: Revised Roster, Hemenway iv:341,501.

Obituary

Death of Aged War Veteran

Richard Dodge, better known as “Shack,” a veteran of the Mexican and Civil wars, and a well known character in Montpelier, died suddenly Wednesday evening. He had been in his usual health up to the time of his death. He was on the streets Wednesday afternoon and as was his custom visited the police station and called at the post-office which he had of late visited daily expecting official notice of an increase of pension from $12 to $30 a month which had been secured for him from the present Congress by Senator W. P. Dillingham who took a lively interest in this old veteran. Mr. Dodge was born in Montpelier February 20,1824.

Since he had been unable to work Mr. Dodge had been in poor circumstances but had steadily refused to go to the city farm where he could receive proper care. His friends and old comrades had seen to it during the present winter, and before that time, that he did not suffer for the necessaries of life.

The only surviving veteran of the Mexican War in Montpelier or vicinity is Maj. Luman M. Grout who now lives with his son in Waterbury. Mr. Dodge’s record both in the Mexican and Civil wars was an enviable one. During the Mexican War, when he was confines in the hospital by fever he ran away from the hospital, took the rifle of a dead soldier, and was in the thick of the fight at one of the great battles of that war before he had been missed from the hospital.

Shortly after the first call for troops for the Civil War in April 1861, Mr. Dodge enlisted in Company A, Eighth Vermont Regiment. Of this company, Charles Dillingham, brother of Senator Dillingham, was captain, and Gen. W.W. Henry of Burlington, lieutenant. Gen. Stephen Thomas, of Montpelier, was colonel of the regiment.

In later years Mr. Dodge’s friends had annually raised a purse to send him to the national Grand Army encampments and kept him supplied with tickets for the Northern League baseball games. The intercity had no more loyal rooter than was Mr. Dodge. Nothing pleased him so much as to be interviewed by a newspaper man and he had been featured in the Sunday editions of the metropolitan journals more times than had any one man who ever lived in Montpelier.

He is survived by one brother, Gilman B. Dodge, of Littleton, N.H.

Source: St. Albans Daily Messenger, February 7, 1907
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.