Moore, George Porter
Age: 21, credited to Bradford, VT; St. Johnsbury, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 11th VT INF
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, PVT, Co. D, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; enl 8/5/62, m/i 9/1/62, SGT, Co. A, 11th VT INF, pow, Weldon Railroad, 6/23/64, Andersonville, sent to Millen 11/11/64, prld 11/27/64, m/o 8/17/65
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Birth: 09/04/1841, Bradford, VT
Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 18481505
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 9/7/1865
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)
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GEORGE P. MOORE
Civil War Veteran and Leading Business Man for Over Half Century Passes Away
George P. Moore died at his home on Railroad street, Friday morning. The funeral was held from the house Monday afternoon, the services being conducted by Charles Peck. The burial was in the family lot in Mt, Pleasant cemetery beside his wife.
George Porter Moore was born in Bradford, September 4, 1841, the son of James Henry and Eliza (Heath) Moore. His education was attained in the common schools, Bradford Academy and Newbury Seminary. Upon the breaking out of the Civil War at the age of 19 years, he enlisted in the Bradford Guards, which were among the first troops to leave the state, going to Newport News, Va. His regiment took part in the battle of Big Bethel. His term of enlistment was for only three months. He re-enlisted August 5, 1862 in Cop. A, 11th Vermont, and was mustered into the service September 1, 1862, as Third Sergeant. Afterwards he was transferred to the First Vermont Heavy Artillery and stationed in the defences of Washington. He remained there until May 12, 1864, when his regiment joined the Old Vermont Brigade, Six Corps, Army of the Potomac. He took part in the battles of North Anna, Pamunkey River, Hanover Court House, Cold Harbor, Petersburg and the Weldon railroad engagement, June 23, 1864. He was captured and imprisoned in Libby prison and Andersonville Prison. He was a prisoner about six months, being paroled at Savannah and reached home the latter part of December, 1864. He was not able to return to his regiment and went to a hospital at Brattleboro. On the fall of Richmond a national salute of one hundred guns was fired, and he was detailed with others by Major Austin, then in command of Eastern Vermont to fire this salute. In performing this he lost his right arm and left eye. He was mustered out of the service, August 17, 1865.
He commenced his business career in St. Johnsbury in September, 1865, entering the grocery business and in January, 1866, formed a partnership with H. P. Hoyt. He sold his interest in July, 1866, and entered into the hat, cap and gentlemen's furnishings which he continued until June, 1875, when he took A. C. Harvey into partnership, establishing what was known as the Boston Clothing Store. He carried on this trade until March when he sold his interest to his partner, A. C. Harvey. In July, 1866, he established a general insurance agency, and was conducting these two branches of business at the time of his death. On March 18, 1864, he married Harriet Jane Gilkerson, and to them were born three children; two sons, Ellis Walker, who has been associated with his father in business for the past few years, George Henry, of Waban, Mass., two daughters, Nellie May, who died at seven years of age and Hattie Eliza, Mrs. Moore died about three years ago.
George P. Moore was an active, loyal citizen of St. Johnsbury, always prompt to do his part in municipal life and help forward the progress and prosperity of the place. He was a trustee of the village for two years, was instrumental in the organization of a Board of Trade and one of its directors for three years. He is an Odd Fellow for many years and a charter member of Chamberlin Post, G. A. R. He was a Republican in politics and cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln. For over half a century he was active in the business life of St. Johnsbury and in passing the village loses one of its esteemed and influential citizens.
Source: St. Johnsbury Caledonian, March 26, 1919
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.