Pike, Albert L.
Age: 19, credited to Readsboro, VT
Unit(s): 4th VT INF
Service: enl 9/2/61, m/i 9/21/61, Pvt, Co. I, 4th VT INF, reen 12/15/63, pr CPL 5/14/64, pow, Weldon Railroad, 6/23/64, Andersonville, prld 12/10/64, tr to Co. F, 2/25/65, m/o 7/13/65 (GAR Post in Readsboro named after him)
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Birth: 06/1844, Readsboro, VT
Burial: Riverview Cemetery, Whitingham, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Boudreau
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
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Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Riverview Cemetery, Whitingham, VT
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Fatal Accident at Sadawga – Albert L. Pike of Sadawga, was instantly killed Monday afternoon before last, while falling trees with Mr. Gifford, his hired man. Another tree had lodged on the one they were falling and Mr. Pike, having finished cutting his side of the tree, sat down and waited for Mr. Gifford to fall it. As it came down it fell on Mr. Pike crushing him to death. His death deserves more than a passing notion. He was a descendent of one of the first settlers of the town of Whitingham, who was the father of 29 children, and a relative of Gen. Z. Montgomery Pike, who was killed at a place called, "Little Fork" in Canada, in the War of 1812.
Albert L. Pike was a member of Company I, 4th Vermont Volunteers, Col. Stoughton's regiment. He enlisted in September, 1861, when 19 years of age, and was a true and brave soldier, and a noble-hearted companion. Like many of his regiment, he was taken prisoner, and suffered all the horrors and privations of Libby, Andersonville and Florence, but served through the war with much credit. Soon after his return he married a Miss Wheeler, an estimable young lady, who was drowned with another lady, in the Deerfield River, he barely escaping the same fate, by the horse he was driving backing them off a bank into the water. Since that sad event he has never appeared like the same man and has been heard to remark how much better it would have been if he, too, had been drowned – " it was so gloomy and lonesome." He afterwards married a sister of his first wife. The funeral, which was held at Readsboro, was attended by a large concourse of friends, an impressive sermon being delivered by Rev. Mr. Gifford, assisted by Rev. M.D. Sherman. Deep sorrow was depicted on every countenance, for none knew him but to entertain for him the highest regard. His earthly remains now lie entombed beside his first wife, on the west bank of the Deerfield river, near the state line.
Mr. Pike leaves an aged father, two brothers, and one sister. His father has seen much sorrow, having had a son killed by a falling tree about twenty years since, and a few years ago another shot himself on account of domestic troubles. May the all-sustaining arm, support and smooth his pathway in the down hill of life.
"The old soldier" hopes that his comrades learn of the decease of Albert L. Pike they will call to mind some instance dear to their recollection, and shed a tear to the memory of departed worth.
Source: Montpelier Argus & Patriot, July 6, 1871
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.