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England, George

Age: 0, credited to Bennington, VT
Unit(s): 2nd NY HARTY, 26th US CINF
Service: 2nd NY HVY ARTY, 26th US CLRD INF

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Birth: 1837, Unknown
Death: 1908

Burial: Hinsdillville Cemetery, Bennington, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Boudreau
Findagrave Memorial #: 51452579
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

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Hinsdillville Cemetery, Bennington, VT

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The remains of the late George England, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Walter E. Rockwood, in Rocnester (sic), N.Y., Saturday, arrived here on the 5 o'clock train Monday evening.

Mr. England was born in Upton, Lovell, near Bradford, in Wiltshire, England on August 7, 1837, and was the oldest son of Henry Charles England, and Jane Batchelor. In 1854 he came to this country, first to Rhode Island. Later he moved to Auburn, N.Y., where he married his first wife, Miss Elizabeth Beanchamp (sic?). Three children were born to them, one son and two daughters. Only one daughter, who lives in Central New York, is now living. The wife died in 1867.

When 25 years of age he enlisted in the Union Army at Utica. This was on September 12, 1861, and on October 15, of the same year, he was mustered in as first lieutenant of company D., 2nd New York, Heavy Artillery, to serve three years. on Feb. 12, 1864, he was transferred to Co. F, 26th United Colored Troops with the rank of Captain. This was a particularly hazardous duty, as a white captain in command of colored troops was liable to death at the hands of the southern troops. He was engaged in many battles during the war and was stationed at Charleston Harbor, and in Florida, the greater part of the time. He was wounded in the second battle of Bull Run, in the arm. He succeeded, however, of getting his company away in order, and later extracted the bullet with his penknife. After passing the examination for the colonelship, but giving precedence to a fellow officer, he was mustered out in August 1865.

He came to Bennington in 1868, where he has made his home ever since. During this time he was employed at the “big” mill as an overseer and designer of the weave room, first under the management of Hunt and later Fisher. He was superintendent for a time when Haines ran the mill and also worked there under the present owner, also was in the employ of Olin Scott, Eli Tiffany, and E. Livingston Sibley.

On June 30, 1870, he was married to Miss Annie Whittemore Jones at Bennington Center, who still survives him. He also leaves two children by this wife, Mrs. Walter Rockwood, of Rochester, and, Mrs. L. L. Smith of this town, and two grandchildren, Cedric England and Laura Lockwood.

Mr. England was one of the best-known residents of this town, and died a poor man because he could never see a case of misery without doing his utmost to relieve it. Death was due to diabetes, from which he suffered for four years with fortitude, which was one of his chief characteristics. Mr. England was one of the oldest members of the G. A. Custer Post, 6th Corps Post No. 45, G.A.R. He was at one-time commander, and has held various offices. The members of the Post will attend the funeral in a body and will have charge of services at the grave.

The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Smith, on Park Street extension. Rev. Philip Schyler will officiate. burial will be in the Hinsdivelle cemetery.

Bennington Evening Banner, May 19, 1908
Courtesy of Deanna French