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Hodgkins, Merrill Levi

Age: 20, credited to Wardsboro, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF, 8th VT INF
Service: enl 12/6/61, m/i 2/18/62 PVT, Co. H, 8th VT INF, reen 1/5/64, pr CPL 2/18/63, pr CSSGT, Staff, 6/9/64, comn 1LT, Co. F, 11/24/64 (2/1/65), m/o 6/28/65

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Birth: 03/26/1842, Wardsboro, VT
Death: 08/09/1918

Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Townshend, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Gibson Collection, 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: None

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Oakwood Cemetery, Townshend, VT

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(Gibson Collection)


Native of Wardsboro Had Distinguished Service

The flag on Grand Army Hall was at half mast Tuesday for another veteran of the Civil War, Levi Merrill Hodgkins who died Monday night at his home on Portland Street. Mr. Hodgkins had been in feeble health for many years. His last illness was of nearly two months duration. Funeral services will be at the home of his daughter, Mrs, Fred C. Gilson, this afternoon at 2 o'clock, and the body accompanied by his son, Henry C. Hodgkins, and Mr. and Mrs. Gilson will be taken to Townshend for burial. The committal will take place Thursday.

Mr. Hodgkins was an extremely modest, retiring man, and few knew of his distinguished military career. He enlisted when only 19 at Wardsboro in Company H., 8th Vermont Volunteers, and served throughout the war. He was promoted to Corporal, and then Commissary Sergeant, and later was made 1st Lieutenant. In 1864 he was promoted Captain, and rendered gallant service.

Some years after the war Mr. Hodgkins engaged in business in Gainesville, Florida, and lived there for 16 years. In 1904 he came to St. Johnsbury. He was a genial, kindly, courteous gentleman, whose chief consideration was the welfare of others, particularly the members of his little family circle to whom he was greatly endeared.

Mr. Hodgkins was born in Wardsboro, Aug. 19, 1842. In 1867 he married Miss Persis Cook of Townshend. She survives him, with a son and daughter, and three grandchildren, Miss Rhea Gilson, and Lesley and Lois Hodgkins.

Mr. Hodgkins was affiliated with the Odd Fellows. His chief interest in his last days centered on the family, and he was particularly happy in the daily ministrations of his wife, children and grandchildren.

Brattleboro Daily Reformer, August 15, 1918.
Courtesy of Deanna French