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Judkins, James W.

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 38, credited to Highgate, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: enl 9/11/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. K, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63

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VITALS

Birth: abt 1824, Plattsburgh, NY
Death: 12/27/1914

Burial: Highgate Center Cemetery, Highgate, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 30231099

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 8/1/1890, VT
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: 13th Vt. History off-site

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Highgate Center Cemetery, Highgate, VT

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Biography

JAMES JUDKINS was one of the Highgate volunteers from that town enrolled about August 25, 1862, and joined the Highgate company September 11th, the day of the organization of the company. I do not think I had seen him before this occasion. His age at enlistment was 38 and was a married man with a family, and his occupation was that of a shoemaker, was five feet, nine inches tall, straight, active, and a good physical specimen for endurance and hardship. He was a man of a few words, and said but little to any one, and only those with whom he mated or to officers and others about duty and business. He was on hand and was always in line when Sergeant Morey called the roll. Likely no more faithful and conscientious soldier found in our company. I do not think we had been out long before Comrade Judkins was permitted to set up a cobbler's shop in his tent, and repair shoes and boots for the boys, and this he continued to do until about the time we left Virginia on the Gettysburg march. Comrade Judkins informed me that he was born in Plattsburg, N. Y., that his father was a soldier in the war of 1812.

Since returning home from the army he has resided in Highgate and continued the occupation of shoemaker and is still at the old trade and at the same place with a fair prospect of quite a number of years of active life. There is not a comrade of Company K but what has travelled further away from home and oftener than Comrade Judkins. He is as regular in his habits of life as the rising and setting of the sun, perfectly honest, no one doubts his word and is respected by all. He has a picture that was taken with uniform on, but says it is not fit to be used, any" for that reason does not want it to appear in our book. I am sorry, for I am sure you would at once recognize Company K's honest shoemaker soldier, for he did duty as a soldier and sewed and pegged our shoes and some time took his pay in promises to be paid when the paymaster came.

He is now an old man, 85 years past, and yet he walks off jast as when he appeared on the march, quick, steady and strong. I saw him here in Swanton only a few days ago, during the month of June, 1909, and his memory of the old days was fresh and that life in the army was spoken of with pleasure, and when I remarked to him, "We all soon shall pass away and be forgotten," "Yes," said he, "but what we did will remain, and for us it does not much matter." He was mustered out with his regiment at Brattleboro, Vt., July 21st, 1863, and returned to his home in Highgate, Vt., where he has always lived.

Comrade Judkins was born in Plattsburg, N. Y., November 19th, 1824. He moved early to Vermont and married Mary Ann Wheelock, of Bakersfield, Vt., in 1846, and the fruit of this union was three daughters, Emma L., Sarah E., and Abbie M. Emma married a Mr. Sylvester Washburn; the other two never married and remain at home giving care and comfort and joy to father and mother in the sunset of life. I am told he still applies his trade with customary satisfaction and promptness. He is now a pensioner at $20 per month and quite happy.

Source: Sturtevant, p. 739