Gray, Julius Calvin
Age: 19, credited to Brownington, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF, VRC
Service: enl 8/8/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. F, 11th VT INF, wdd 6/2/64, wdd 6/2/64; pr CPL 1/23/64, tr to VRC 11/25/64; m/o 7/1/65
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Birth: abt 1843, Sheffield, VT
Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 119729952
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)
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JULIUS C. GRAY
Julius C. Gray, aged 68 years, died at his home on Spring Street on Friday after a severe illness of 10 days with heart trouble and hardening of the arteries, from which he had been suffering for the past two years. The funeral was held Monday afternoon, Rev. Peter Black officiating, and the interment was at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. The Grand Army and Masons were represented as he was a member of both orders. The pall bearers from the two orders were, Arthur Taplin, Olin Adams, Capt. D. P. Celley, W. H. H. Robie, C. P. Carpenter, and Charles Heyer.
Mr. Gray was born in Sheffield and in few years moved to Bennington. In 1862 he enlisted in the 11th Vermont, and served for two years, and nine months, and was wounded at the battle of Cold Harbor. After the war he moved to Sutton, and married Miss Elvira Ball, of that place, then moved to St. Johnsbury with his wife, where they have lived for the past 41 years.
When first coming here he was employed by the E. T. Fairbanks & Co, but a year later went into the meat business with C. A. Sylvester in which he was engaged for 17 years. He next worked in the store now occupied by Frank Spaulding, and later did the delivery for the Berry-Ball Company. In the past few years he has been delivering spring water and attending to his large hen farm.
Those who survive him are his wife, Mrs. J. C. Gray, and son, Carl E. Gray of Chicago.
The following anecdote of Mr. Gray was contributed by one of his friends in town.
He was wounded at the battle of Cold Harbour, and was sent to Montpelier hospital. His wound incapacitated him from active service so he was detailed as hospital guard. While there Capt. Drew was in charge. One day, there appeared in the window of the Montpelier Argus a sensational picture, illustrating the confederate forces capturing the capital. At dress parade one morning, Capt. Drew alluded to this he wished the paper was all torn up. The suggestion was enough for Julius, and after they disbanded he as Corporal of the guard, called out four guards to fall in. "Allready, right face march," and they marched down into the street. It made considerable commotion to see four soldiers, fully armed, going down through the streets, and it was whispered around that the obnoxious sheet in the Argus window was to be captured. Mr. Gray marched his squad down to the head of State Street, "Right wheel march", then marched up Main Street. When opposite the Argus office he called, "Halt, left face unfix bayonets, now boys, I want to take that picture on the inside of the window. "Charge!" The boys obeyed orders and charged through the glass, smashed it all out, took the picture out of the window and tore it up on the street. By that time there were several hundred people gathered round the Argus office, with quite a sprinkling of Copper Heads. The cry was raised, "Hang those soldiers, Shoot those soldiers, Shoot them!" Jule anticipating a riot ordered, "Fall In, shoulder arms, march." They marched back up to the barracks at the hospital and disbanded. This act caused quite a commotion at the Capital. Hiram Atkins, editor of the Argus, in order to appeal to the public for sympathy, boarded up the glass, and it remained in that condition until the war closed. Mr. Gray was very enthusiastic in relating the incident but the sequel of this he never said much about, but as he has passed over to the great majority, the soldiers and others may like to her about it. After the war closed, Atkins brought suit against Julius Gray and collected the whole amount for the broken windows.
Source: St. Johnsbury Caledonian, August 23, 1911
Courtesy of Deanna French