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Welch, Rodman E.

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 19, credited to Berkshire, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF
Service: enl 12/23/63, m/i 12/30/63, Pvt, Co. A, 5th VT INF, m/o 6/29/65

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VITALS

Birth: 08/02/1845, Berkshire, VT
Death: 06/16/1921

Burial: St. Marys Cemetery, Franklin, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 40769841

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Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None

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St. Marys Cemetery, Franklin, VT

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Rodman E. Welch

Biography

WELCH, Doctor Rodman E., son of Allen B. and Laurinda Welch, was born in Berkshire, August 2, 1845. His father's grandparents came from Wales to Connecticut, later by mistake settled for a time in Canada, just north of the state line, but afterwards located in Berkshire. His maternal ancestors were of English descent. In 1854 the family moved to Iowa, then an extreme frontier outpost, threatened by hostile Indians. At the outbreak of the Civil War the family returned to Vermont. Young Welch, with 14 others, enlisted in October, 1863, as recruits of Company A, Fifth Vermont Regiment. Only four returned; the others sleep in Virginia soil. Comrade Welch, leaving a sick bed, marched to the Rapidan with his company, a distanceof 30 miles. The next day the captain, two lieutenants and 72 men, entered the fatal thickets of the "Wilderness." and in less than an hour all of the line officers and 42 men were either killed or wounded. Later in the day, while carryiing to the front a supply of cartridges rolled in a rubber blanket, assisted by Sergeant Edmund Reynolds, the latter was instantly killed by the bullet of a sharpshooter. At the close of the war Mr. Welch attended the Literary Institute of Fairfax, studied medicine with Doctor Goodrich of West Berkshire, graduated from Bellevue Medical College, New York, in March, 1862, and settled in Franklin, where he has attained a successful practice. Doctor Welch is a member of the Vermont State Medical Society, and an ex-president of the Franklin County Medical society. He has served since 1890 on the Franklin County board of pension examiners, and is its president. He was a charter member and first commander of Marsh Post, No. 80, G.A.R., of Franklin, and filled that position several terms. His high standing with the comrades is attested by the position of aide-de-camp on the staff of Department Hugh Henry; as such he attended the national encampment at Washington, D.C. He was subsequently appointed on the staff of Ivan H. Walker, national commander-in-chief, with the rank of colonel, and attended the encampments in that capacity. His is worshipful master of Frontier Lodge, No. 74, F. & A.M., of Franklin. Doctor Welch married, May 2, 1868, Emily P. Morrow of Enosburg. Three daughters are the issue of this union: Lulu L., wife of Edson J. Wilder of Franklin; Euretta E., wife of Doctor C. A. Pratt of Enosburg Falls, and Ethel E., wife of J. M. Greene, deputy United States collector, Montreal, Quebec.

Source: Jeffrey, William Hartley, Successful Vermonters: A modern Gazetteer of Lamoille, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties..., East Burke, Vt.: The Historical publishing company, 1907, pp. 356-358.

Obituary

St. Albans Daily Messenger

June 30, 1921

Dr. R. E. Welch, of Franklin, died June 16, of pneumonia at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edson Wilder, in Sharon, where he was visiting. Doctor Welch, after serving throughout the Civil War, settled in Franklin where he practiced medicine for 49 years. He served as health officer there for 15 years, was president of the state pension examining board for 22 years, a member of the Vermont medical corps during the late war, and was the last member of the 5th Vermont Volunteers of the Civil War.

Contributed by Tom Boudreau.

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