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Watson, Spurzhiem B.


Age: 18, credited to Grafton, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF
Service: Substitute - enl 5/24/64, m/i 5/24/64, PVT, Co. A, 5th VT INF, m/o 6/29/65

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Birth: 1847, St. Albans, VT
Death: 01/29/1908

Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, St. Albans, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 9/20/1890, VT; widow Mary M., 2/4/1908, 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: None


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Greenwood Cemetery, St. Albans, VT

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In the death of Spurzheim Ballou Watson, which occurred Wednesday afternoon, one of the most eccentric and interesting characters in St. Albans was removed. Mr. Watson died after an illness of one week with a complication of grippe and cerebral meningitis. He was a native of St. Albans, 61 years old, the son of John S. and Jane Turner Watson. He is survived by his wife and by three sisters, Mrs. George E. Lyon and Mrs. Charles Sandusky of Raton, N.M.

Mr. Watson, "Spurk," as he was always called, was one of the youngest veterans of the Civil War, having enlisted as a private in Co. A, 5th Vermont infantry, on May 24, 1864, and honorably discharged at Washington on June 29, 1865. He was at first refused enlistment because of his youth, but was finally accepted in the 2d congressional district as a substitute for Solomon Walker of Grafton. He contracted malaria in the service and since had been unable to do any manual labor. His conscientious scruples would not permit him to accept a pension until the new law granting general pensions was passed.

A few years ago he acquired considerable reputation as a billiard player, having in his best days met and defeated Sutton,Slosson and other experts.

Source: Barre Daily Times, February 1, 1908
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.