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Fassett, John B.

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 33, credited to Enosburgh, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: enl 9/11/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. G, 13th VT INF, dis/dsb 1/13/63

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VITALS

Birth: 02/15/1829, Sheldon, VT
Death: 05/15/1887

Burial: Enosburgh Center Cemetery, Enosburgh, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Deanna French
Findagrave Memorial #: 15870912

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: 13th Vt. History off-site

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Enosburg Center Cemetery, Enosburgh, VT

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Biography

JOHN B. FASSETT was born in Enosburg in 1829 and joined Company G, and was enrolled September 3rd, 1862, and mustered into United States Army October 10, 1862. By occupation a farmer. His education was like the youth of his day limited to the little old red school house close by the roadside and near the geographical center of the district no matter how isolated, lonely and disagreeable the surroundings the boys when old enough to work on the farm only attended school during twelve weeks in the winter, and but few acquired much of an education. Comrade Fassett was of a musical family and this art and science acquired in the old singing schools of his youthful days so improved his voice that he was one of the sweet, melodious singers of Company G, that so often charmed, cheered and elevated the regiment as they gathered about to listen and enjoy. I can now almost hear the war songs that restored our drooping spirits and excited us on to war. The talented singers of Company G, when gathered in some comrade's tent would finish their concert with that song of all others "Home, Sweet Home," which quickly brought to mind the dear ones we left behind up among the green hills and lovely valleys of our beloved state. By comparison he was one of the old men of the regiment past 33.

Camping on the cold, wet ground in rain and snow, often without tents was exposure that bis constitution could not long endure. He was obliged to go into the hospital at Fairfax Court House from which he was discharged January 13, 1863 and sent home to Vermont. His comrades of Company G, and all others that knew him were disappointed and sorry because soldiering was too strenuous a life tot his age and constitution. Until overtaken with disease he cheerfully and promptly performed every duty, was honest, upright, faithful and anxious to assist in the preservation of the Union. He showed loyalty and patriotism by freely responding when President Lincoln called for 300,000 nine months' men. He was of that class and mould that ever was valiant and brave on the battlefield. He returned home and resumed his occupation and place in society, but never recovered from disease contracted when a soldier.

Source: Sturtevant, p. 642

Obituary

State News.

John B. Fassett and wife, aged about 60 years, were burned in their mill in Moretown Saturday night. The saw mill, grist and box factory, which were connected took fire from a heater arbor in the box factory but the fire was supposed to have been all extinguished. Fassett and his wife then went to bed in their rooms over the sawmill. At two o'clock in the morning the village was aroused, the mills being nearly consumed by fire. The remains of Mrs. Fassett were found on the edge of the river, near the saw mill, burned to a crisp. The remains of Mr. Fassett were found in the ruins. Their rooms over the saw mill were thirty feet from the ground on the front side and 40 feet above the river, on the back side, and the fire in the box factory cut off all means of escape, except by jumping from the windows. The loss on the building is $10,000.

Source: The Enterprise and Vermonter (Vergennes), 20 May 1887.
Transcribed by Deanna French



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