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Hagar, George Ignatius

Age: 25, credited to Burlington, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 12th VT INF
Service: comn 2LT, Co. H, 1st VT INF, 5/2/61 (5/2/61), m/o 8/15/61; enl 8/23/62, m/i 10/4/62, Pvt, Co. C, 12th VT INF, pr SGTMAJ 1/23/63, m/o 7/14/63

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Birth: 10/17/1835, Shelburne, VT
Death: 02/25/1899

Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, VT
Marker/Plot: 57
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: VHS off-site
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: Restored gravestone photo courtesy of Deborah Hardy and Jim Woodman.

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George I. Hagar died suddenly of heart disease at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the rooms of of Stannard Post, G. A. R., where he was waiting to march with other veterans to the College Street Church there to attend the funeral of an old comrade, William W. Walker.

Mr Hagar was in the store this morning in good health. He went home to dinner, returning at 2 o'clock, and in a few minutes went to Stannard Post rooms. Arriving there he shook hands with his comrades, passed through the entry-rooms into the post room, picked up a roster that had just been printed and made a mark across the name of William W. Walker. Capt. R. B. Arms asked Mr. Hagar what he was doing, and his reply was "another poor comrade mustered out". He then walked over to the other side of the room and sat down. A moment later Adjutant E. N. Peck happened to glance across the room, and saw that something was wrong with Mr. Hagar. He rushed over to the stricken man and opened his coat and vest. Ammonia and water were given him and a number of physicians were hurriedly summoned. Dr. G. E. Sparhawk arrived within five minutes, but at once saw that Mr. Hagar was beyond human aid. Five other physicians came soon afterwards. The body was placed on tables and a half dozen comrades remained with him until an undertaker arrived while the other members of the post marched to Mr. Walker's funeral, much affected by the sudden summons. Mr. Hagar has been subject to heart trouble for a number of years, and not long ago he told a friend the walk from his store to the top of the hill to his home sometimes affected him badly.

George Ingersoll Hagar was born in Sheldon October 17, 1836, and was therefore 62 years old. He came to this city with his parents when a small boy, and when his father, the late Luther H. Hagar went into the hardware business he entered his employ, The store was than located at the corner of Church and College streets, now occupied by F. L. Taft's drug store, and was later moved one door west. For some years the firm name was L. M. and G. H. Hagar, and when Mr. Hagar sr. retired from active business the young man became proprietor.

Mr, Hagar had an honorable military record, and his affection for his comrades in arms made him prominent, , and much interested in the affairs of the Stannard Post. At the breaking out of the War of the Rebellion he was commissioned officer in the Howard Guard, which had been organized for several years as an independent military company, but had within the year joined the militia of the State of Vermont. When President Lincoln called for 75, 000 men Lieut Hagar was the first to enlist from Burlington, and immediately commenced recruiting volunteers. The Howard Guard was at once reorganized, and went to the front as the Burlington Light Guard. Mr. Hagar being chosen and commissioned a Second Lieutenant May 2, 1861. He was with that portion of the regiment, which was engaged at Big Bethel, Va. On June 10, 1861, and was mustered out with the regiment at Brattleboro August 15, 1861. He re-enlisted as a private in Co. C. 12th Vermont Volunteers August 23, 1862; was promoted Sergeant-Major January 23, 1863, and served until the regiment was mustered out July 14, 1863. He was a good soldier and capable officer. Mr. Hagar was a member of the Vermont Commandery of the Loyal Legion.

In May 1868, Mr. Hagar married Miss Lucina E. Lyon, daughter of the late Capt. Dan Lyon, who with three children survives him, Mary L, Charles H. and Henry H, survives him. He also leaves a brother Julius M., of Mountain Hill, Idaho, and three sisters, Misses Sarah C, Hagar, librarian of the Fletcher Library Katherine A Hagar, president of the Howard Relief Society, and Miss Marie Hagar, all whom live at the old homestead on College Street in this city. Miss Mary Hagar was visiting friends in Baltimore when the news of her father's death reached her. She arrived home Monday morning.

As a citizen Mr. Hagar was devoted to his business and was square and upright in all his dealings with his fellow men He was a man of intelligence and principal, of high integrity, a good citizen, an affectionate husband , father and brother, a firm friend to those he gave his friendship. He had no enemies, and many friends. His death, under the circumstances, and following the sudden death of W. W. Walker, came with a shock to the community. The sympathy of many friends will go out to the bereaved family.

Burlington Free Press, March 2, 1899

Courtesy of Deanna French.