Kelton, Dwight Henry
Age: 18, credited to East Montpelier, VT
Unit(s): 98th NY INF, 115th USCI
Service: enl 6/1/61 for 3rd VT INF; rejected by Surg. under age; also 98th NY, 115th US CLRD INF; [College: NU 64]
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Birth: 10/04/1843, Montpelier, VT
Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 48768980
Cenotaph: St. Anns Cemetery, Mackinac Island, MI
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Spencer Luce
Findagrave Memorial #: 131818937
Alias?: None noted
College?: NU 64
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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MAJ. DWIGHT HENRY KELTON, U.S.A., A. M., LL. D.
Dwight H. Kelton, son of Judge Samuel Stillman and Ursula (Sprague) Kelton, was born in East Montpelier, Vt., October 4, 1843, and died in Montpelier, August 9, 1906. He prepared for college at the Barre Academy and entered the University in the spring of 1862, remaining until August, 1863; was a member of the AEPi Fraternity. In 1871, the University conferred upon him the degree of B.S. as for 1864; A. M., in course, in 1886, and LL. D. in 1889. He graduated from the Eastman Business College in the fall of 1863, and served as tutor until January, 1864, when he enlisted for the Civil War.
On June 1, 1861, he enlisted in Montpelier in Company K, 3d Vermont Infantry, but was rejected at the final examination in St. Johnsbury, as he was not eighteen years of age. He enlisted, June 29, 1864, as a private at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., in Company B, 98th New York Infantry; was discharged October 14, 1864. He had passed the rigid examination in June, 1864, for a commission in the United States Colored Infantry. He received his appointment as captain, October, 1864, his commission dating formed conspicuous duty with his company and was mustered out of service February 10, 1866, at Indianola, Tex. He was appointed 2d lieutenant, 10th Infantry, U.S.A. July 20, 1866; was promoted 1st lieutenant, March 26 1868 and captain, February 16, 1885; was retired, March 6, 1888, on account of "disability incurred in line of duty." On April 23, 1904, he was commissioned a major, U. S. A., and retired on the same date.
He conducted a news agency at Detroit, Mich., 1888-92. He made his home in Montpelier, 1897-1906. He was a fine student and took much interest in historical research. He published the following works: Annals of Fort Mackinac; History of the Sault St. Marie Canal; Indian Names of Places on the Great Lakes; Kelton Family Items; Sprague Family Items. He also contributed several articles to the press and to historical publications. He was a prominent member of the various Masonic bodies of Montpelier, Vt.; Vermont Historical Society; Wisconsin Historical Society; Minnesota Historical Society; Corresponding member of the Chicago Historical Society.
He was married July 19, 1889, to Anna Lonella Donnelly of Mackinac, Mich., who survives him and resides in Montpelier; no children.
William Arba Ellis, Norwich University, 1819-1911; Her History, Her Graduates, Her Roll of Honor, Volume 2
Contributed by Gar Watson