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Dolan, John


Age: 22, credited to Burlington, VT
Unit(s): 10th VT INF
Service: enl 8/1/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. D, 10th VT INF, m/o 6/22/65

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Birth: 1840, Ireland
Death: 01/05/1880

Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery, Burlington, VT
Marker/Plot: D-198; 3rd row, center road, northeast section
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
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: 10th Vt. History off-site


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St. Joseph Cemetery, Burlington, VT

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A Brave Soldier's Death

John Dolan enlisted in the United States army in 1850. During his first term of five years he was almost continually in active service against the Indians, distinguishing himself by his bravery and good conduct. He re-enlisted and during his second term took part in many fights with the Apaches in Arizona. Again he enlisted in 1860, and in the expedition against the Comanches and Kiowas in that year, he added to his reputation for courage. He was with Grant at Pittsburgh Landing, and in this and other battles of the rebellion he became widely known for his bravery. He had command of a company at the battle of Stone River, where his horse was shot under him. At Snow Hill another horse was shot under him, and he was badly wounded. With Gen. Sherman he went through Georgia, and with Gen. Thomas he fought at the battle of Nashville, where his horse was killed under him. After having been confined in Andersonville prison for four months, he rejoined his regiment in July, 1865. After the war he was in constant service in Georgia nd Texas until December, 1870 when the breaking out f old wounds caused his discharge. After his wounds had healed this veteran again enlisted in 1871, and continued for five years in active service in Arizona. In 1876 he he enlisted once more. For over 20 years he has served as first sergeant. All the officers of his regiment recommended his promotion in 1863, but he did not go before the board for examination. He was again recommended in 1864, but he failed to pass the surgeon because of the wounds he had received at Snow Hill. A bill was introduced in the Senate to authorize the President to appoint him a second lieutenant and place him on the retired list. The testimony of all his officers agreed in pronouncing him brave, energetic, faithful, scrupulously honest and upright. This was his record from1855 to 1876. In the last-named year it was said by his commander that the army did not contain braver or more honest soldier or better first sergeant. The Senate committee on military affairs, through Mr. Plumb, reported Jan. 21, 1890, in favor of the passage of the bill, saying that Dolan was advanced in years and suffering from wounds, exposure, and the results of imprisonment. His promotion and retirement were recommended as a measure of justice. When the Senate took up this bill, and were about to proceed to its consideration, when it was announced by Mr. Cockrell that Dolan no longer appealed for a recognition of his services - he had been killed by Ute Indians in Colorado, in September, 1879. The weary and war-worn veteran had been promoted and retired by the great commander four months before the military committee had reported on his case.

Source: Rutland Daily Herald, March 18, 1880.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.