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Packard, Loren

Age: 19, credited to Waterford, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 8/18/62, m/i 9/26/62, Pvt, Co. F, 1st VT CAV, pr CPL 5/4/65, m/o 6/21/65

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Birth: abt 1843, Lunenburg, VT
Death: 02/15/1895

Burial: Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, NY
Marker/Plot: Section 28 Lot 54
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Susan Seacord Jackson
Findagrave Memorial #: 130481836
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Harriet B.
Portrait?: Gibson Collection
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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(Gibson Collection)


Albany Evening Journal, Feb. 14, 1895

After an illness of seven weeks, Loren Packard, master car builder at the West Albany shops, died yesterday afternoon from liver trouble.

Mr. Packard was 63 years of age, and was born in Northumberland, N. H. He received his early education in the schools of Waterford and St. Johnsbury. While he was attending school the civil war broke out, and he was one of the first to go to the front to defend the Union. He enlisted in the First Vermont Cavalry, serving four years. He was in the battle of Gettysburg, and was an eye witness of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth, in Ford's Theater, Washington on the night of April 14, 1865.

After serving four years he went to Springfield, Mass. Where he (illegible) the Watson car factory, and learned the car building trade. He soon became foreman of the shops, but resigned to accept the position of master car builder of the shops of the New York, New Haven and Hartford railroad. He remained in these shops three years. He was offered the position of master car builder of the shops of the Baltimore and Ohio road at Baltimore. He accepted the offer and remained about three years when he secured the responsible position of master car builder at West Albany to succeed the late Mr. Holt.

Mr. Packard was an expert mechanic. During his eleven years of active service at West Albany he made many improvements to the cars on the road, and to him is largely due the credit for the high standard of excellence which the cars of this road haven attained.

He is survived by his wife and one son aged 13 years. Mr. Packard was always active in church affairs and for two years he acted as superintendent of the First Presbyterian Sunday school. At the time of his death he was president of the West Albany Y.M.C.A.

The funeral will be held at 1:30 Monday afternoon at his home on New York Central avenue, and later in the First Presbyterian church.

Submitted by Susan Seacord Jackson