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Downs, Thomas


Age: 22, credited to Rutland, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 11/27/63, m/i 12/5/63, Pvt, Co. C, 11th VT INF, tr to Co. B 6/24/65, m/o 8/25/65

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Birth: abt 1841, England
Death: 09/04/1865

Burial: St. Marys Cemetery, Fair Haven, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jen Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 167493118


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
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: Murdered? Run over by a train.

Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career


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Saint Marys Cemetery, Fair Haven, VT

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KILLED. Thomas Downs, the soldier whose mangled remains were found Wednesday morning on the railroad track near West Rutland, was from West Castleton. Our notice of yesterday morning should of course have read that he was run over Tuesday night.

Source: Rutland Herald, Sep. 14, 1865


The Rutland Herald says that a soldier named Thomas Downs, recently paid off at Burlington and discharged from the service, was run over by a night train on the Rutland and Washington railroad, Monday night near Rutland. When his remains were discovered they were scattered for some distance on the railroad track, his body having been literally torn to pieces. - His hat, bundle of clothing, etc., were found indifferent places some distance from the track, and his money, of which he had a considerable sum, was gone. These and other facts lead to suspicions that he was first murdered and then laid upon the track.

Source: St. Johnsbury Caledonian, Sep. 15, 1865
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.