Hurlbut, Alonzo Reuben
Age: 24, credited to St. Albans, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 5th VT INF
Service: nl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, CPL, Co. C, 1st VT INF, wdd, Bith Bethel, 6/16/61, m/o 8/15/61; comn 1LT, Co. A, 5th VT INF, 9/3/61 (9/3/61), pr CPT, 6/15/62 (6/15/62), mwia, Wilderness, 5/5/64, d/wds 6/9/64
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Birth: abt 1837, Georgia, VT
Burial: St. Albans Bay Cemetery, St. Albans, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 14914372
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
Portrait?: Italo Collection, VHS off-site
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Courtesy of Ed Italo
Civil War Portrait regains place of honor.
St. Albans, August, 1979. Captain Alonzo R. Hurlbut has emerged from years of obscurity in the dusty confines of the St. Albans Library attic, thanks to Trustee Don Pierce, who rescued the portrait and two other items and presented them to the Historical Society.
Alonzo Reuben Hurlbut joined the First Vermont Volunteer Regiment in 1861, was wounded and then in August the whole regiment was mustered out. Within a year he re-enlisted [in the 5th Vermont Infantry], as a first lieutenant, was promoted to captain. Wounded in the Battle of the Wilderness, he suffered amputation of his left leg, and died in Armory Square Hospital, Washington, D. C. on June 10, 1864. [*Note]
Under the terms of Gov. J. Gregory Smith's will, the second floor of the Library building was designated as a meeting place for the GAR. Why the Post was named for the Captain is not known, but an old photograph of the room shows his portrait on the wall looking proudly down on the gatherings of Civil War Veterans of G.A.R. Hurlbut Post No. 60. Hurlbut's portrait, a photograph mounted on linen, was in poor condition, cracked and dried, with holes where a frame had pierced it and some one had removed the frame; but William Gillespie of St. Albans did a little artful touching up, Edmund Steele, also of the city, provided glass and another frame. So this veteran of the long ago now occupies his proper position in the military section of the Museum.
Two monuments in the Lake Road Cemetery record the names and dates of the family: parents, three brothers and two sisters. Three of these died very young, his mother at age 36, then another brother, and his father, Reuben, who had gone to California, in 1853. Only his sister Mary was left, the wife of A. E. French.
Note: Hospital records indicate Alonzo's right leg was the one amputated; also his date of death is variously recorded as 9 and 10 June, interspersed throughout the records.
The article appeared in late Aug 1979, in the St. Albans Messenger. Permission graciously granted to reprint this article, given by Josh Kauffman, Managing Director, St. Albans Messenger, 4/15/2002.
Article provided by Dave Hurlbut, St. Albans, Alonzo's 2nd-great-grandson.
Left to right:
1LT Orrin L. Spencer, Co. A
CAPT Louis M. Smith, Co. E
Capt. Miner E. Fish, Co. D
CAPT Alonzo R. Hurlbut, Co. C
(The Italo Collection)