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Seaver, Burnham


Age: 42, credited to Burlington, VT
Unit(s): 12th VT INF
Service: enl 8/23/62, m/i 10/4/62, Pvt, Co. C, 12th VT INF, m/o 7/14/63

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Birth: 1819, Williston, VT
Death: 04/22/1888

Burial: Elmwood Avenue Cemetery, Burlington, VT
Marker/Plot: 116
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 107812509


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Celestia A., 3/17/1890, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
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: See Benedict's Army Life in Virginia


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Elmwood Avenue Cemetery, Burlington, VT

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By the death of Deacon Burnham Seaver the community loses a good citizen, and the Christian church one of its most devoted and faithful members. He proved his loyalty by enlisting in august, 1862, with his only son, a college student, then just old enough to be accepted, as a private in the 12th regiment of Vermont volunteers. He was himself 42 years of age, the oldest man in the company, and older by six years than all the rest save one. If any one would know of his Christian walk while in the service, he can inquire of his comrades, many of whom are still living among us. After the regiment had returned, a friend asked him how how kept his religion in the army. His enthusiastic reply was: “My religion kept me.” The remark illustrates the practical nature of his faith, its unwavering singleness and simplicity. He was an office-bearer in the church for nearly 22 years, always at his post, always doing his part, commending his faithful counsels by his tender and earnest tones, and illustrating them by an unblemished life. And now at last he has fallen asleep at the age of 68. leaving not an enemy in the wide world, but troops of friends to mourn the loss of a saintly man.

Source: Burlington Free Press, April 25, 1888.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.