Age: 22, credited to Glover, VTVITALS
Birth: 1839, Glover, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Westlook Cemetery, Glover, VT
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DEATH OF CAPTAIN DAN MASON -- Capt. Dan Mason of the 19th Colored Regiment, died in Brownsville, Texas, Nov. 20th, aged 25 years. He was the son of Moses H. Mason of Glover, and enlisted in the service of his country in September, 1861. He became a member of Co. D., 6th Vt. Regt; and perhaps no company from Vermont deserved more praise than them. Many of its members distinguished themselves as brave and accomplished officers. Among these may be mentioned; Lt. Col. Hale; Majors Dwinell and Davis; Capt's Mason, A. W. Davis, Joslyn, Lieut's Phelps, Bailey, Kimball, Nye, and McClary, besides many others of less rank, though of no less bravery and patriotism. Captain Mason went to the seat of war with his company in October of 1861, and remained with it 'till spring of '64, participating all the battles under McClellan in his campaigns on the peninsula and in Maryland, under Burnside at Fredericksburg, under Sedgwick in the storming and taking of Fredericksburg heights, under Meade at Gettysburg, in pursuit of Lee's army in Virginia, and in all the Army of the Potomac 'till the spring of '64, when he re-enlisted as a veteran, but after accepted a captaincy in a Colored Regiment. He was connected to the 9th Army Corps and was constantly with the company through the campaigns under Grant from the Wilderness to the taking of Richmond. In the blowing up of the fort in front of Petersburg his regiment was in the charge upon the enemy's works and remained under fire from morning 'till 4 o'clock in the afternoon. Being nearly surrounded by the enemy and having suffered severely in killed and wounded, Capt. Mason ordered his company to retreat to the federal lines. Never of a body of man pass through a storm of iron and lead more furious and deadly. Many fell to rise no more; a few reached the lines, among them was Capt. Mason; his clothes were riddled with balls and he had been thrown to the ground, and nearly buried by a bursting shell, but escaped with slight injury. From this time on 'till spring of 1865 his company was engaged in doing picket duty -- having participated in the taking of Richmond and the overthrow of the rebellion in the north, he was sent with the colored troops to Texas, and remained there 'till the time of his death. He was seized with dysentery and died after a short illness.
He was a young man of ability and promise; at home he won the esteem of all by his manliness and integrity; in the army he obtained promotions and distinction by faithfulness and valor. He died loved and esteemed by all, leaving a large circle of friends and a young and amiable wife to lament his loss. Upon another another tombstone may be inscribed "He died for his Country".
AT A MEETING OF THE OFFICERS OF HIS REGIMENT HELD NEAR BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS, THE FOLLOWING PREAMBLE AND RESOLUTIONS WERE ADOPTED:
WHEREAS -- it has please God in his wise and mysterious Providence to take from us our much esteemed, honored, and well beloved friend, companion and comrade in arms, by the hand of disease, and having passed unharmed through most of sanguinary conflicts of four years of terrible war, therefore, be it:
WHEREAS -- That in his death we lose one whose sterling qualities as a soldier and gentleman made him dear to us, his associates, enlivening our most gloomy hours by his brilliant genius and sparkling wit, by his counsels, congenial disposition, and even temper, endearing himself to all who knew him, and one whose rare abilities as an officer made him valuable to his country, which he has served so long and faithful.
RESOLVED --that we deeply sympathise with his bereaved widow and family in mourning for him, thus cut down in the prime of his manhood, and while with keen anguish we submit to the will of Heaven, We feel that he has made a happy exchange of words.
RESOLVED -- That a copy of these Resolutions be presented to his wife and family, and also that they be published in a paper printed in the county where he resided.
Orleans Independent Standard, January 17, 1866
Courtesy of Deanna French