Age: 21, credited to Moretown, VTVITALS
Birth: 01/12/1840, North Hatley, PQ, CanadaADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
St. Johns Cemetery, Northfield, VT
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Augustus Shontell of Company B, enlisted from Moretown. He was 6 feet 1 inch in height and thus belonged to the tall squad on the right of the company. He enlisted in August, 1862, and was with the company through its term of service. He was a good soldier. I do not remember that he had any sickness of any account and he was always on hand for duty. At Gettysburg he had his bayonet taken off by a piece of shell. Capt. Wilder used to tell the story thus: "Shontell whirled around two or three times but finally stopped and called out, 'Captain they have shot my bayonet off, so I can't charge,' 'You can shoot can't you?' 'Yes!, I can shoot. Well, get back into the ranks and let them have it as fast as you can.' This he proceeded to do in good shape." Augustus Shontell was born at North Hlaty (sic), P.Q., Canada, January 12, 1841. He was a son of Augustus and Esther Shontell. His grandfather Augustus Shontell, was born in France. Comrade Augustus Shontell was married in January, 1860, at Middlesex, Vt., to Mary Cole, who was born July 3, 1841, and died October 22, 1890. By this union were born 12 children, as follows: Joseph, born April 14, 1861, P.O., Highgate, Vt.; Josephine, born March 5, 1862, died June, 1903; Frederick, born Nov. 5, 1866, P. O. East Hlaty, P.Q.; George, Born Sept. 1, 1868, P. O. Usquepaugh, R.I.; Esther, born Nov. 15, 1870, wife of Henry Vendell, Plymouth, N.H.; Rosa, born Jan. 7, 1874, Pittsfield, N.H.; Lewis, born Feb. 15, 1876, P. O., Montpelier, Vt.; Leander, born May 14, 1878, P. O., Montpelier, Vt.; Benjamin, born Sept. 18, 1880, died March, 1882; John, born May 23, 1882 Usquepaugh, R. I.; Mary, born Dec. 1, 1883, wife of Jules Defoise, Old Mystic, Conn.; Julia born Jan. 18, 1885, wife of Oscar Gyer, Old Mystic, Conn. Augustus Shontell was married the second time to Miss Emily Prue, Sept. 18, 1891, by whome he has four children: Frank, born July 17, 1892, Usquepaugh, R.I.; Minnie, born August 20, 1895, Usquepaugh, R.I.; Leona, born June 18, 1897, Usquepaugh, R.I.; Charles, born Feb. 8, 1903, died Feb. 18, 1904; sixteen children. The fecundity of his race, amply fulfilled and his example refutes the idea of race suicide.
Comrade Shontell sends an account of our last march and the battle of Gettysburg, which is practically covered by accounts already given but he has this additional item of army experience. "I remember at one time when I crossed the river (presumably the Occoquan) in a ferry boat I came across a young rebel and made him prisoner alone. Returning to our camp delivered my prisoner to Col. Randall who sent the man to Washington, D.C. The prisoner informed me when I delivered him up that he wished he had shot me. About the same time we had 5 men taken prisoners by the rebels together with their mules, the animals unhitched from wagons which they left, taking men and mules." Since the war Comrade Shontell has resided at North Hlaty, P.Q., Northfield, Vt., New London, Conn., and at Usquepaugh, R.I. He died suddenly at his home in Rhode Island January 17, 1907. the cause of his death was dropsy and heart disease. The burial was at Old Mystic, Conn.
Postwar photograph of Private Augustus Shontell
Ralph Orson Sturtevant and Carmi L. Marsh. Pictorial History: Thirteenth Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865, (Privately published by the regiment, c1910), pp. 474-475; photograph contributed by Tina LaForest, Augustus's 3rd-great-grandniece.
Mrs. Esther Shontell, of this town, sent seven sons to the army in this war. William, who measured 6 feet, 8 inches in height; Benjamin, 6 feet, 4 inches; Frederick, 6 feet, 3 inches; Leander 5 feet 9 inches; Louis 6 feet 1 inch; Joseph, 6 feet, 7 inches; Augustus, 6 feet. Two of the brothers were killed; and the mother draws a pension for one of them. Another left a widow, and two are pensioned on account of wounds.
"O, the strong Middlesex boys
Were mad for this war!
And the name of each hero
To the ages afar
Shall leave a track like a comet---
Each shine as a star.
Hemenway's Historical Gazetteer, 1882, iv:247
Submitted By: Deanna French.