Winterburn, John J.
Age: 18, credited to Highgate, VTVITALS
Birth: 04/25/1845, St. Armand, PQ, CanadaADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Rose Hill Cemetery, Green, IA
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JOHN J. WINTERBURN volunteered from the town of Highgate August 29th, 1862, and joined Highgate company on the day of the election of company officers, September 11th, 1862. His age was 17, born in St. Armand, Canada, blue eyes, brown hair, five feet six inches high, but very slim, and weighed less than a hundred pounds. He was an active boy and ready and willing. At the time of his enlistment was an orphan and a sister was his only relative living. His father was born in England and his mother in Ireland. Comrade Winterburn's father moved to Kranklin county when John was one year old, so he was about the same as having always lived in Vermont, and in fact was in a border town in sight of Vermont, and where he breathed Vermont air as it came from the south. His education was in the common schools of Vermont, and his impressions as to right and wrong and teachings as to honesty, sobriety, morality and reverence were those that characterize the natives of the Green Mountain State. Young Winterbum was a very zealous volunteer. He had heard his father tell of being a British soldier for many years, and this left impressions that no doubt made John a more patriotic boy, and filled his heart with ambition to serve in the war of his father's adopted country. He had the appearance of being well brought up, and at once took active part in all matters pertaining to the new life before him.
He was mustered into the United States service at Brattleboro, Vt., October 10th, 1862. Colonel Randall detailed him while at Brattleboro as one of the regimental markers, and he of course drew a flag to carry Instead of a gun. We all remember him on the run from place to place, the little flag fluttering in the breeze as he hastened to plant his guidon on the spot indicated by Colonel Randall. He was faithful and trusty and held the position until the regiment was mustered out at Brattleboro, July 21st, 1863. His position in the regiment was often arduous and sometimes dangerous, but Johnnie, as we called him, never flinched or faltered.
Source: Sturtevant, Ralph Orson. "Pictorial History: Thirteenth Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865." Privately published, 1910, p. 751 (photos on page 412)