Age: 23, credited to Grand Isle, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: enl 9/11/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. K, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63
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Birth: 10/09/1835, Canada
Burial: Episcopal Church Cemetery, Highgate, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: Thibodeau, John
Pension?: Yes, 7/25/1890, VT; widow Lucy A., 12/30/1925, VT, not approved
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: 13th Vt. History off-site
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Episcopal Cemetery, Highgate Falls, VT
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JOHN THIBODEAU volunteered from Highgate, but counted on the quota of the town of Grand Isle, as a substitute for James H. Donaldson, of Grand Isle, on the 16th of September, 1862, and on the same day joined Highgate company. His age was 23 and married, occupation a farmer, born in Canada, fair complexion, light hair and blue eyes, short but stout in build, very active and vigorous, nationality French, but could speak very good English. Comrade Thibodeau was the happiest recruit and most vociferous Frenchman in Company K, and likely in the regiment. He was full of the "Old Nick" awake or asleep, not quarrelsome or ugly, but seemed bound to keep something stirred up all the time. It was a wonder when he took time to sleep for others in the same tent or near him surely could not sleep. He was on hand for any duty and was willing to go on any call anywhere, night or day. He had no fear about being shot or captured, certainly was no coward. He was inclined to be hilarious, and was pushing and hauling some of the boys around all the time, which was not agreeable at all times. John, on one occasion, returning from Washington and Alexandria, was more happy than when he left camp, the cause I need not mention.
Comrade Thibodeau was never happier than when outside of camp visiting farm houses to see if anything about could be appropriated. He claimed, especially if any girls about, that he was a single man. He was quite cute and cunning and tried to appear honest and innocent, but could not always succeed in this role, for chickens, etc., were too often his ration, and were found now and then in his tent. I presume that he bought them, if he had money, otherwise he made some trade or dicker by which he obtained possession of them. He was a genial, generous, good natured fellow, ever willing to divide his last hard tack, chicken or bone with any of his comrades. Often went on duty to accommodate some one else that had been detailed for picket or guard duty, that did not feel well enough to go. He was never absent from roll call, dress parade, or on the march. Likely no one of Company K had a better time than Comrade Thibodeau while he was in the service. When cautioned or chided would say, "I am one of Uncle Sam's boys, and have a right to confiscate just a little hen and bacon when tired and hungry." On the seven days' march to Gettysburg he was often seen carrying some over tired comrade's gun to encourage and help him along. He was at his best in action, and as brave and courageous in battle as hilarious and boisterous in camp. His real purpose for which he volunteered was as well and faithfully performed as by any of his comrades.
He was mustered out with his regiment at Brattleboro, Vt., July 21st, 1863, and returned to his home in Highgate, where he now lives. He has through lite been a hard working, industrious man, having followed the occupation of a mason. I see him quite often and he always refers to the good old days when we were in the army, and what a nice time we had in camp, on the banks of Occoquan River. He is much the same now, so far as happy disposition, and is bound to have a good time when out for a day's recreation. His reputation for honesty and industry is on an average with men generally. Pictures of him will be found on page ....
Source: Sturtevant's Pictorial History, Thirteenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865, p. 748-9