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Downs, Thomas

MILITARY SERVICE

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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VITALS

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

MORE INFORMATION

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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BURIAL:

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Tombstone

Saint Marys Cemetery, Fair Haven, VT

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Obituary

RUTLAND COUNTY

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 in different 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.

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