Age: 19, credited to Brattleboro, VTVITALS
Birth: 02/01/1844, IrelandADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: Smith, Charles L.DESCENDANTS
St. Michaels Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT
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MAN CONNECTED WITH NOTED CIVIL WAR EPISODE DEAD
Luke Ferriter of Brattleboro Was Soldier Relieved by Man Pardoned by Lincoln for Sleeping at Post.
Brattleboro, June 22 - Luke Ferriter, 86, Civil war veteran and connected with the famous case of William Scott, the soldier pardoned by President Lincoln after sleeping at his post, died tonight at his home, 12 State street, having suffered a heart attack following a few days' illness with a bronchial cold. He was born in Ireland, February 1, 1844, but came to Brattleboro with his parents when about ten years old. His father came to work in building the new railroad. The family has always been one of the respected of the old Irish families and Luke Ferriter will be much missed by a large circle of friends.
He was married twice, his first wife being Ellen Martin, who died in 1871. In 1873 he married Eliza Fenton who died in 1927. Their home has always been at 12 State street, where he died. For many years he was employed by Leonard & Roess, cigar makers, and after that was with the Dunham Brothers' company for 15 years, until his retirement 11 years ago.
Ran Away to Enlist
Mr. Ferriter, unable to secure his parents' consent to his enlistment in the army at age 16, ran away and enlisted May 12, 1861, at Springfield, Vt., in Co. A, 3d Vermont infantry. He enlisted under the name of Charles L. Smith and carried that name throughout his enlistment. He served with the regiment during the war, taking part in many battles and being wounded at Spotsylvania. May 13, 1864, he returned to his regiment and served to the end of the war.
Connected With Scott Case
An interesting feature of his war record was his connection with the William Scott case. Scott was the Vermont soldier who was found asleep at his post and condemned to be shot. President Lincoln granted him a pardon after reviewing the case when it appeared that Scott had been on duty two nights in succession. Mr. Ferriter was the soldier relieved by Scott on the night in question, and he had to appear against him at the court-martial and was one of the firing squad detailed to carry out the sentence of the court, which was prevented by the timely arrival of President Lincoln at brigade headquarters. Mr. Ferriter often told the story with dramatic effect.
He had served Sedgwick Grand Army post in various capacities, including that of commander, which position he held at the time of his death. For many years he served as marshall of the Memorial day parade and was one of the last to consent to ride in the procession. He was one of the oldest members of St. Michael's Roman Catholic church.
He leaves three sons, Martin, James P. of Brattleboro and John of California, and a daughter, Mrs. Catherine Von Schuckmann, who kept house for her father. He also leaves five grandchildren.
Contributed by Tom Boudreau
See Luke's story in the Irish in the American Civil War