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Greenleaf, William Luther


Age: 19, credited to Colchester, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 8/11/62, m/i 9/29/62, SGT, Co. L, 1st VT CAV, pr 1SGT, 3/1/64, comn 2LT, 2/28/64 (5/5/64), wdd, Hagerstown, 7/13/63, wdd, Nottoway Court House, 6/23/64, pow, Reams's Station, 6/29/64, prld 8/13/64, pr 1LT, 2/9/65 (3/6/65), m/o 5/15/65

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Birth: 09/01/1842, Vermont
Death: 12/18/1902

Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Burlington, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: VHS Collections, USAHEC off-site
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: Restored gravestone photo courtesy of Deborah Hardy and Jim Woodman.


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Greenmount Cemetery, Burlington, VT

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Portraits Collections
Courtesy Vermont Historical Society



Gen. W. L. Greenleaf, deputy collector of customs, died at his home in Burlington last Thursday, after an illness of only a weeks duration.

William Luther Greenleaf was born in Derby, Sept. 1, 1842, and removed to Burlington with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William F. Greenleaf, in 1846, and afterwards to Winooski in 1847. He was educated in the district schools and Williston academy. In 1857 he went to Iowa, where his father was engaged in building mills, and while there learned the trade of compositor, in th office of the North Iowa Gazette, returning to Winooski in 1858.

Enlisting in 1862 as a private in the First Vermont Cavalry, he served with conspicuous gallantry, participating in 25 battles and engagements, being four times severely wounded, and a prisoner of war for several months, and was honorably discharged in June, 1865., holding commission of 1st Lieutenant.

On December 25, 1865, General Greenleaf and Miss. Adelide M. Barrett were married in Winooski.

After the war he took an active interest in the State Militia affairs, and passed through the various grades from Captain to Brigadier General commanding. From the latter position he was retired on his own application Dec. 1, 1892.

He followed the business of druggist at Milton and Winooski until 1884, and since 1882 has served as deputy and chief deputy collector of customs at Burlington. He joined Webster Lodge, No. 61, F. & A. M. in 1865, and was master of the lodge for nine successive years, also a member of the Grand Lodge of Vermont for 12 years. He became a member of the Grand Army in 1868, and served as commander of Stannard Post, No. 2, assistant Quartermaster General of the Department, and and joined the Commandery of the Loyal Legion at its organization in November, 1891, and was elected recorder of the Commandery, which position he held at the time of his death by successive elections.

Source: Bradford United Opinion, Dec. 26, 1902
Courtesy of Deanna French


Funeral of Gen. W. L. Greenleaf

The funeral of the late Gen. W. L. Greenleaf, who died at his home in Burlington Thursday afternoon after a week's illness with the grip, terminating in pneumonia, was held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the College street church. Previous to the church service a prayer was offered at the house by the Rev. G.H. Beard, who also conducted the service at the church. Musical numbers by the choir and prayer closed the service. The organizations present were The Loyal Legion, Burlington Lodge, No. 100, F. & A.M., the G.A.R., the Women's Relief Corps, Algonquin Club, Co. M, V.N.G., and the Spanish American War Veterans. The officials at the customs house attended in a body, and officers from Fort Ethan Allen were present.

The burial was in Green Mount cemetery, where Burlington Lodge rendered the impressive Masonic service at the close of which taps were blown by Trumpeter Hall, of Fort Ethan Allen. The honorary bearers were Col. G.G. Benedict, Capt. C.D. Williams, Col. E.W. Jewett, William Smith, Solomon Story, and J.A. Arthur. The bearers were member so the Masonic fraternity and were Dr. I.M. Clark, George H. Kingsley, H.S. Peck, G.C. Mayo, H.E. Reynolds, and James Edwards.

Source: St. Albans Daily Messenger
December 25, 1902

Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.

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