Age: 22, credited to Isle La Motte, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 8/13/62, m/i 9/1/62, PVT, Co. K, 11th VT INF, pr CPL 10/10/63, pr SGT 1/31/64, pow 6/23/64, Andersonville, prld 11/26/64, Co. QMSGT, 4/18/65, m/o 6/24/65,
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Birth: 01/1843, Vermont
Burial: St. Raymonds Old Cemetery, Bronx, NY
Marker/Plot: Section 6 Range 40 Grave 23
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
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)
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
Great Grandfather of Gerald W. Clearwater, Morganville, NJ 07751
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St. Raymonds Old Cemetery, Bronx, NY
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Oliver was born in either Vermont or Canada, the evidence is conflicting. His parents were John Wellington Fadden, shown as a United States citizen and Sarah Smith, who emigrated from Ireland. John was a farmer and lived in both Vermont and Canada, passing over the border as needed. John apparently settled in Vermont where he died on July 22, 1873 in Benson, VT. His wife Sarah also died in Benson on November 5, 1885.
Oliver served in 11th Vermont Infantry during the Civil War. He enlisted on August 13, 1862 and was mustered in as a Private, Co. K in September 1862 in Brattleboro, VT. Oliver was promoted to Corporal on October 10, 1863 and to Sargent on January 31, 1864. He was captured at the battle of Weldon Railroad on June 23, 1864. He was taken prisoner and sent to the infamous Andersonville Prison in Andersonville GA (he is also listed as "O. Faddon" at Andersonville). He survived Andersonville and was sent to Millen, Georgia on November 11, 1864 where he was paroled on November 26, 1864. Oliver became a Quartermaster Sargent on April 18, 1865 and mustered out with his regiment on June 24, 1865.
Oliver eventually became a house painter and moved to New York City. There he met Margaret McAndrews and they were married on October 13, 1871. Oliver and Margaret eventually had eight children, all except one lived to adulthood. His sons all became painters.
Oliver was granted an invalid pension in 1892 due to his civil war service. He died in New York City on June 9, 1901 and is buried in Old St. Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx, NY. His widow, Margaret "Maggie" Fadden, was granted a pension from New York due to Oliver's civil war service. After her children were living on their own, Margaret lived with her son Raymond and his family in Brooklyn, where she died on May, 20, 1930.
Submitted by Gerald W. Clearwater, Oliver's Great Grandson.