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Drum, Henry


Age: 40, credited to Charlotte, VT
Unit(s): 14th VT INF
Service: enl 9/16/62, m/i 10/21/62, PVT, Co. I, 14th VT INF, murdered at Charlotte, 7/26/63, while on furlough from Brattleboro

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Birth: 1821, Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland
Death: 07/26/1863

Burial: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Charlotte, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Alan Lathrop

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


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Catie, 6/14/1869, not approved
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


Great Grandfather of Dale Drum, Long Beach, CA

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St. Johnsbury Caledonian, July 31, 1863

MURDER - On Sunday evening the 26th inst. Henry Drum, a returned soldier of Co. I, 14th regiment, aged about 38 years, and John Burns, aged about 50 years both residents of the southeasterly part of Charlotte, in this county, visited in company a person living in Hinesburg named Murphy. During the evening Drum and Burns got into an altercation and Burns left and went home, and almost an hour after as Drum was going home and passing the house of Burns was shot by him, fifty-six shot entering his body, two of them passing through his heart. The body of Drum was discovered at about 8 o'clock on the morning of the 27th lying by the road. After he was shot the body was drawn down the road some twenty-four rods and left by the side of the road. The case was examined on Monday by Justice N. Peck of Hinesburg and Mr. Burns held for trial. Mr. Drum leaves a wife and quite a family of small children. He is reported to have been a peaceable man. He was in the battle of Gettysburg and fought well.

Contributed by Tom Boudreau.

Caledonian, Friday, August 7, 1863, page 3

The Charlotte Homicide.-- The inquest on the body of Henry Drum found dead on Monday morning in the south-east part of Charlotte, resulted in a verdict of "murder by the discharge of a shot gun fired by John Burns." It appears, Burns and Drum, both Irishmen and neighbors, had been together on Sunday and that both were considerably drunk and became quarrelsom at the house of one John Murphy and some blows were given. Burns was sent home, and not long after Drum followed in the same direction, his home being beyond that of Burns. As he passed the Burns' house Burns came out and accosted him, and after a few words shot him. Fifty-six shot entered the breast and abdomen, two took effect in the heart and eight in other places.

St. Albans Messenger, Thursday, October 1, 1863, page 3 (repeated on 8 October, page 1)

The Drum Murder. -- The trial of John Burns, of Charlotte, for the murder of Henry Drum, on the night of the 26th of July last, took place in Burlington on the 29th ult., and resulted in a verdict of "Guilty." Russel S. Taft, State's Attorney and Jeremiah French acted as counsel for the State, and A. C. Dixon and Henry Ballard for theprisoner. The jury were out about twenty minutes. The case was a very clear one.

Caledonian, Friday, October 9, 1863, page 3

John Burns, charged with the murder of Henry Drum of Charlotte, in July last, has just been tried and convicted in the Chittenden County Court. He admits his guilt.

John Burns, convicted of murder at Burlington the other day, was sentenced to be hung on December 17th, 1864, between 12 A.M. and 4 P.M., and meanwhile to be confined at hard labor in the State Prison.