Maxwell, Thomas S.
Age: 20, credited to Danville, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT INF, 17th VT INF
Service: enl 5/7/61, m/i 6/20/61, Pvt, Co. F, 2nd VT INF, m/o 2/21/63; enl 3/30/64, m/i 4/12/64, Pvt, Co. F, 17th VT INF, wdd, Wilderness, 5/6/64, dis/wds 6/17/65
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Birth: 11/1840, Ireland
Burial: Irasville Cemetery, Waitsfield, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Alan Lathrop
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Irasville Cemetery, Waitsfield, VT
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Thomas Maxwell was born in Ireland in November 1840 and immigrated to Vermont as a young boy. He was the 5th of the 7 children of Thomas Maxwell Sr., and Martha Rollston (her name was Martha Long per one source.)
Like so many other Vermont boys at that time, he grew up working on a farm. In 1850 and 1860, he was living with his parents on their farm in Fayston. His occupation in the 1860 census was farm laborer.
He enlisted on May 7th, 1861 and was mustered in as a private in Company F of the 2nd Vermont Volunteer Infantry on June 20th. He left the service due to illness on February 21st, 1863 and reenlisted on March 30th, 1864 and was again mustered in on April 12th, this time as a private in Company F of the 17th Vermont Volunteer Infantry. Less than a month later, he was shot in the neck during the fighting at the Wilderness, in Virginia. He was discharged due to this wound in June 1865.
Maxwell returned to Vermont and resumed farming. In 1870 he was living in Waitsfield, where he married Nellie L. Spaulding on July 11th, 1878. The couple had two known children, a daughter, Grace, born on July 23rd, 1879 and a son, Frank B., born on August 14th, 1888.
The 1900 census shows he was still a farmer, but renting the farm, and living with his wife and son.
He carried the bullet that stuck him for the rest of his life. In fact, it was the cause of his death in Waitsfield on June 7th, 1905. The reason for death was given as"Epilepsy caused by gun shot wound". A bullet fired during the Civil War, would cause the death of a Vermonter, over 41 years later.
He is buried in the Irasville Cemetery in Waitsfield.
The following description of his service was published in Gazetteer Of Washington County, Vt. 1783-1889.
"Fayston, in the late war, sent over fifty of her brave and patriotic sons to the front. Thomas MAXWELL was the first who enlisted from this town. He enlisted, May 7, 1861, at the age of twenty years, in Co. F, 2d Vt. Vols., and was discharged February 21, 1863, by reason of sickness. He reenlisted March 20, 1864, in Co. F, 17th Vt. Vols., and was severely wounded in the battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864. The ball entered his neck, passed through the roots of his tongue, and lodged in the base of his head, where it still remains. He was discharged June 17, 1865. Ten of these patriots never returned to Fayston."
Gazetteer Of Washington County, Vt. 1783-1889,
Compiled and Published by Hamilton Child,
Edited By William Adams.
The Syracuse Journal Company, Printers and Binders.
Syracuse, N. Y.; April, 1889.
Transcribed by Karima Allison, 2003
Courtesy of Peter Flood.