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Emery, Lyman Steven


Age: 23, credited to Bethel, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 8/26/62, m/i 10/23/62, CPL, Co. A, 16th VT INF, pr SGT 11/26/62, m/o 8/10/63

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Birth: 01/03/1839, Piermont, NH
Death: 06/10/1900

Burial: Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, DC
Marker/Plot: E/93
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Bob Hackett
Findagrave Memorial #: 38920067


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: None


Grandfather of Marshall Emery Rose, Laurel, MD

Great Grandfather of Robert Emery Rose, Weston, FL

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Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, DC

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Off-site Pre- and post-service correspondence - 1861
and 1864.


Death of Lyman S. Emery
Well-Known Citizen of the District Passes Away
Union Veteran and a Native of New Hampshire - Funeral Tomorrow Afternoon.

Lyman S. Emery died yesterday afternoon at his residence, 1413 Park street, Mount Pleasant. The announcement of his death was not unexpected to his friends and acquaintances, as for months past he had been in failing health. The latter part f the winter he became quite ill, and it was deed best to have him removed to a hospital where an operation could be performed. He was subsequently brought back to his home, but he gradually became weaker until death ensued. Funeral services will be held at the Mount Peasant Congregational church at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. The interment will be in the family lot at Rock Creek cemetery.

Lyman Stephens Emery was born in Piermont, N. H., January 3, 1839, being a son of the late Ira Emery, who in 1845 removed to Bethel, Vt., and became one of the thrifty and enterprising residents of that town. It was at Bethel that Mr. Emery received his early education, subsequently graduating at and becoming an associate teacher in the Royalton (Vt.) Academy. In 1861 he entered, as a student, the law office of A. P. Hunton of Bethel, then the speaker of the Vermont house of representatives, and remained until his enlistment in Company A, 16th Vermont Infantry, attached to Stannard's brigade. Three brothers, imbued with the same patriotic spirit, were mustered in with him. One gave his life for his country at the battle of Gettysburg, and another at Baton Rogue (sic), La. Mr. Emery conveyed the remains of the former home to Vermont the year following the close of the war, and laid them at rest in the old family cemetery.

Served Ful Term of Enlistment

After the defeat of Pickett's brigade at Gettysburg General Wheelock G. Veasey detailed Mr. Emery to take charge of the captured prisoners. After serving with the regiment during the full term of enlistment he and his surviving brother were mustered out with the regiment, and Mr. Emery removed to Charlestown, Mass., where he remained until his appointment to a clerkship in the quartermaster general's office in March, 1864. Since that time he had resided in Washington.

In 1868, having received an appointment in the internal revenue division of the Treasury Department, he resigned from the War Department. Rapid promotions soon placed him in the position of chief of the special taxes division, which position he held until June 30, 1885, when a change of administration caused his dismissal. During this long term of service he won the commendation of his superiors as a most faithful and worthy public servant, and always had the respect and esteem of his subordinates.

Immediately following his separation from the public service he was appointed an agent of the Montgomery Mutual Insurance Company, covering the District of Columbia and portions of Maryland. In 1899 he was tendered an appointment in the office of the auditor of the War Department, which position he held at the time of his death.

Work on Charitable Lines.

Very soon after taking up his residence in Washington, Mr. Emery entered upon the work of charity by organizing the Provident Aid Society, of which he became secretary and general manager. Out of this organization grew, first, the Labor Exchange, and finally the Associated Charities. The work accompished by this organization, due largely to the masterful hand and executive capacity of Lyman S. Emery, is a monument to his memory that time will not efface.

Mr. Emery was also connected with the Prisoners' Aid Society, being its first secretary and treasurer; also secretary of the Rochdale Co-operative Society and prominent in Grand Army circles, being a member of Phil Sheridan Post, No. 13, and its commander at the time of his death. He occupied the position of assistant adjutant general on the staff of General Veasey during the latter's term as commander-in-chief of the G.A.R. He was assessor for the District under Governor Shepherd.

He was among the first residents of Mount Pleasant, having his residence built on Park street thirty-two years ago. Every movement for the advancement and improvement of that suburb received his hearty co-operations. The new Congregational church erected last year owes much to the energy and perseverance of Mr. Emery, who had for several years been one of its trustees and was a member of the building committee.

Mr. Emery was married at Royalton, Vt., the 8th of September, 1864, to Miss Harriet E. Smith, and is survived by his wife and four children - Mrs. George U. Rose, jr., Mr. Herbert C. Emery and the Misses Bessie and Isadore Emery. Two brothers and two sisters -- Mrs. Thomas J. Lasier of this city and Mrs. Jane G. Hunt of Wets Brookfied, Vt. - also survive him.

Source: Evening Star (D.C.), June 11, 1900
Transcribed by Tom Ledoux

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