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Foster, Joseph Marcus

Age: 21, credited to Montgomery, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF
Service: enl 8/28/61, m/i 9/16/61, CPL, Co. A, 5th VT INF, reen 12/15/63, pr SGT 7/1/64, pr 1SGT 9/16/64, comn 1LT, Co. G, 11/10/64 (12/22/64), wdd, Wilderness, 5/5/64, m/o 6/29/65

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Birth: 09/10/1840, Sheldon, VT
Death: 03/27/1920

Burial: Crystal Lake Cemetery, Gardner, MA
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 11/24/1865; widow Luna A., 4/2/1920, MA
Portrait?: Manchester Historical Society
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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The relevant biographical information of Joseph Marcus Foster is as follows. He was born in September,1840 (most likely on the 10th) in Sheldon, VT. He was the sixth of nine children born to Joseph (1800-1874) and Lucy Foster (1805-1867). Both of Joseph M. Foster's parents died in Montgomery, VT and are buried in the Montgomery Village Cemetery. According to the 1830 Federal Census, the Foster family was residing in Franklin, VT, (perhaps this meant Franklin County). The 1840 and 1850 censuses only list Vermont as their residence. However, 1860 census shows the Foster family in Montgomery, VT. Joseph M. Foster is listed as being 20 yrs. old and still living with his parents. In the 1870's census Joseph M. Foster is also living with his parents, but by now at age 30 he has a wife, Luna, age 23. Joseph M. and Luna Almira Wright (1947-1921) were married on July 22, 1865. The bride's family also came from Montgomery VT. The 1870's census also lists this couple as having five children, all born in Montgomery, VT. Later on the couple moved to Troy, NH to have land of their own. Their next five children were born there. My maternal grandmother Nellie Luna Foster (b. Sept. 9, 1883) was one these children, as was Mattie who was mentioned above. Joseph M. and his wife Luna remained in Troy, N.H. until some time after the 1910 census when they moved to Winchendon, MA to be near one of their daughters. Both of Joseph M. and Luna died in Winchendon and are buried at the Crystal Lake Cemetery in Gardner, MA, close to the gravesite of another daughter. Joseph M. died on Mar. 27, 1920 at age 79 years, six months.

The following is a description of Joseph Marcus Foster's Service in the Civil War. He volunteered on August 28, 1861, at age 21 to serve in the Union Army for a term of three years. He was appointed a corporal on Sept. 5, 1861. He served in the 5th VT Regiment, Company A in the infantry. On April, 1, 1862, he was promoted to sergeant. He was discharged at Brandy Station, VA on December 15, 1863. He reenlisted at Brandy Station, VA on December 16, 1863 as a Vet Vol in the same unit. He was discharged on September 15, 1864 and reinstated on September 16, 1864 as a 1st sergeant. Prior to the September 1864 discharge, he was wounded and admitted on May 11, 1864, to a hospital with a flesh wound on his right arm. He was listed as absent for the rest of May and June, 1864. At Patrick Station, VA on January 1, 1864 he was discharged and then reinstated on January 2, 1864 with a promotion to the rank of 1st Lieutenant. This time he served in G Company of 5th Regiment Vermont Infantry. He commanded the company from January 18 to June 9th, 1865 with the exception of a 20 day leave to visit his brother, Amos. In Joseph M.'s written request of February 11, 1865, he wrote that Amos "has long been ill and it would be gratifying to my desire to see him before his death". Brother Amos (b.1830) died later in 1866 and is buried in Sheldon, VT. Joseph M. Foster mustered out on June 29, 1865. If the war had continued, he would not have completed his term of service until December 15, 1866.

Not long after Joseph returned to Montgomery he married Luna Almira Wright. Three of her brothers, Daniel E. Wright (1835-1918), Henry L. Wright (1839-1889) and Amos A. Wright (1841-1717) served in the Union Army during the Civil War.
Courtesy of Scott Perry, Montgomery Historical Society, from material donated by Lt. Foster's great granddaughter, Judith Jackson, June 2017.