Danforth, Alvin B.
Age: 20, credited to Danville, VT
Unit(s): 3rd VT INF
Service: enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, CPL, Co. I, 3rd VT INF, 7/16/61, tr to 6th PA Reserved 11/7/61
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Birth: 1841, Danville, VT
Burial: Danville Green Cemetery, Danville, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Monica White
Findagrave Memorial #: 125559749
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Danville Green Cemetery, Danville, VT
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St. Johnsbury Caledonian
June 13, 1862
Death of Another Danville Soldier
Died in the town, at the residence of widow Alvin Bolton, on Friday night, May 30, Alvin B. Danforth, (son of Mr. Leonard Danforth) aged 21.
Young Danforth, about a year ago, enlisted as a corporal in Capt. Nelson's company, 3d regiment Vermont volunteers, and he remained two or three months, and was afterwards transferred to the Cameron (Pa) Dragoons. He served in the Dragoons for some two or three months, until he was taken sick, was then sent to the hospital, where he remained some three months longer, when, as his recovery was deemed quite doubtful, he received an honorable discharge, and came home three or four weeks since, to die among his kindred. The immediate cause of his sickness was exposure. In company with others he had been out scouting and came to a [place called Difficulty Creek, and the commander asked who would volunteer first to try and cross it. Danforth immediately volunteered and though informed that it was a hazardous undertaking, yet he plunged into the stream, and had succeeded in almost gaining the opposite bank, when his horse rapidly sank into a bed of quicksand and threw Danforth off into the water, and he floated a long distance down the cold, icy stream, (it being the month of January) before he could reach the shore. For several hours he was obliged to wear his clothes, thus saturated with water and ice before he could reach camp, and from the effects of which he contracted a fatal cold.
All who knew the deceased, will remember him as a remarkably healthy, robust young man. He had the reputation of being the most athletic man in his regiment, and as a soldier he was highly commended for his zeal, promptness and fidelity - as one ever ready and anxious to discharge his duty faithfully. We are informed that for some daring act Danforth was promoted, and for a time held the post of orderly under Gen. Smith.
Contributed by Tom Boudreau.