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Mead, John Boardman

Age: 30, credited to Randolph, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF
Service: comn 2LT, Co. G, 8th VT INF, 1/7/62 (1/7/62); pr 1LT, Co. G, 4/2/63 (5/27/63), pr CPT, Co. G, 5/5/63 (7/2/63), pr MAJ, 7/26/64 (9/27/64), pr LTC, 11/24/64 (12/6/64), pow, Boutte Station, 9/4/62, prld 11/13/62, wdd, Cedar Creek, 10/19/64, pr COL, 3/4/65 (3/13/65), m/o 6/28/65

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Birth: 03/15/1831, New Hampshire
Death: 12/16/1887

Burial: Randolph Center Cemetery, Randolph, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 13245167
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Guber Collection off-site, VHS off-site
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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Mead, John B., late of Randolph, was born in Stratham, N. H., March 15, 1831. In 1841 he came to Randolph and lived with Dr. and Mrs. P. D. Blodgett, who were childless.

His education was obtained in the district school and in the Orange county grammar school, and was supplemented by discipline obtained by teaching school both in Vermont and New Jersey.

The first year of the rebellion found him, at the age of thirty, settled with wife and two young children on what had been the Dr. Blodgett farm, just south of Randolph Center, where Mrs. Blodgett still lived, receiving love and care from him in his manhood as he had received them from her in his boyhood. Late in 1861 he enlisted, making such arrangements as he could for the well-being of the family left behind him.

Colonel Mead's military service, and that of no soldier was more honorable, was in the 8th Vermont Regiment, where he held every commission from 2d lieutenant to colonel, His record is this: 2d lieutenant Co. G. Jan. 7, 1862; 1st lieutenant Co. G, April 2, 1863; captain Co. G, May 5, 1863; major, July 26, 1864; lieutenant-colonel, Nov. 24, 1864; colonel, March 4, 1865; taken prisoner at Bayou des Allemands, Sept. 4, 1862; wounded Oct. 19, 1864, at the battle of Cedar Creek; mustered out June 28, 1865.

At the close of the war Colonel Mead returned to the farm, and was in 1867 and 1868 elected to represent Randolph. In 1878 he was a senator from Orange county. In 1875 he was a member of the State Board of Agriculture, and from 1878 to 1880 was state superintendent of agriculture. In 1884 and 1885 he was commissioner from Vermont to the New Orleans Exposition, and in 1886 was the commissioner from New England to the New Orleans Exposition of that year, and was a member of its board of management.

He was a practical farmer on modern lines, and was an importer and breeder of red-polled cattle, and in 1883 spent some time in England selecting stock for importation.

Colonel Mead was from young manhood an active member of the Congregationalist church, and for many years a deacon therein. He was an earnest advocate of temperance and held the highest official positions in the organization of Good Templars. Full of zeal in all educational matters he was for many years a member of the board of trustees of the Randolph State Normal School and secretary of the board, and with public spirit invested thousands of dollars in erecting a large boarding house, which he and others thought necessary for the better condition of the school.

He was engaged at the last in an enterprise looking to the settlement by Vermonters of a large tract of land in North Dakota.

Colonel Mead died suddenly at his home in Randolph, Dec. 16, 1887-his death doubtless hastened, and it is believed, caused by the lingering effects of his years of military service.

He married in May, 1858, at Randolph, Orpha O., daughter of Elias and Orinda (Blodgett) Carpenter. Their children were: Charles C., born in 1859; John F., born August 16, 1861; Nellie O. (Mrs. W. F. Morse of Barre), born in 1864; Myra B., born in 1866 and died in 1879, and Orinda C., born in 1868 and died in 1885. Mrs. Mead died May 6, 1877. In August, 1880, Colonel Mead married Laura C., daughter of Hiram and Jerusha (Bradish) Kimball. Mrs. Mead and their daughter, Annie K., born in 1882, now reside in West Randolph.

Colonel Mead was of commanding presence and soldierly bearing-earnest, eloquent, and brave physically, intellectually and morally. He was a real and, so far as in man lies, the ideal Christian citizen and soldier.

Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, p. 271.

Fatal Railroad Accident

The "Owl Train" met with a dreadful accident Tuesday morning, two miles north of Dummerston station, a short distance south Of Murder Hollow Brook. The road at this point passes through a cut in a small hill, having just made a sharp curve, and here a heavy rain during the night has loosened a mass of earth which had slid upon the track. The train was about an hour late and running at good speed. The curve in the road prevented the engineer from seeing the slide and the train rushed through it. The engine and baggage car were not thrown from the tracks, but the shock broke the coupling between them and the two following cars--- a passenger and a sleeping car---which at once thrown from the track, and after running some ten rods from the slide were both thrown out into water five feet deep and landed right side up, with one end pointing toward the bank. The other car was plunged lengthwise into the water just at the edge.

The passenger car was crowded with soldiers and civilians, a detachment of 25 men mostly belonging to the 10th Vermont, being onboard on their way from the hospital at Montpelier to be mustered out at Brattleboro, in charge of Sergt. Warren E. Bliss, 1st Bat. Vet. Res. One of them was taken out of the car dead, as it appeared, from drowning, he probably being stunned at first. No one in the car escaped injury of some kind, but it is thought all were recovered from the wreck, though there is rumors that one man is still missing.

Conductor Bruce jumped from the train and escaped with several strains. Col. Meade of the 8th Vt. was considerably injured. Superintendent Calhoun, of the Shore Line (from New Haven to New London) escaped with sprained ankle and some bruises. We visited the scene of the disaster and obtained the following news of those most severely injured:

Helen M. Woodard of Montreal, going to Greenfield, scalp and thigh bruised:
Mrs. A.C. Phelps of Canada East, spine badly injured:
Mrs. Mary Ashly and little boy, of Canada East, the woman bruised and the boy having a severe contusion of the brain.
Annie M. Leech of Montreal, going to Chicopee, badly bruised:
Edwin B. Thayer, West Randolph, Vermont, head bruised and mind was wandering:
Joseph N. Calhoun, 10th Vermont, thigh fractured:
D.M. Woods, 1st Va. Cav., collar bone broken:
The man who was killed is supposed to be Geo. R. Grant, Co. B., 8th Vt.
Sergeant Bliss had his head badly cut and his side lamed.

Lamoille Newsdealer, July 5, 1865

Submitted By: Deanna French.