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Norton, Seymour F.


Age: 20, credited to Burlington, VT
Unit(s): 2nd USSS, 4th VT INF
Service: enl 9/27/61, m/i 11/9/61, 1SGT, 2nd USSS, comn 1LT 9/17/62 (12/27/62), pr CPT, 9/14/63 (9/30/63), wdd, Spotsylvania, 5/12/64, tr to Co. G, 4th VT INF, 2/25/65, m/o 7/13/65

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Birth: abt 1841, Unknown
Death: 04/03/1912

Burial: Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, IL
Marker/Plot: Lot 846, Bellview section
Gravestone researcher/photographer:
Findagrave Memorial #: 186118910


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: Troiani Collection, White Collection
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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Cremated at Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, IL

Check the cemetery for location/directions and other veterans who may be buried there.


Vermont Officers Reunion Society Collection
Courtesy Vermont Historical Society

(Brian White Collection)



Seymour F. Norton, a civil war veteran, and former editor of the Chicago Sentinel, who died Tuesday night at his residence, 3135 West Washington street, will be buried today at Graceland. Services will be held in the chapel. Mr. Norton had been a resident of Chicago for forty years. Following the war, he became interested in politics and helped found the People's party.

Source: Chicago Tribune, 4 April 1912.


Norton - Seymour F. Norton, April 2, 1912.
Services Saturday, April 6, at 3 p.m., in chapel
of Grceland cemetery. Burlington [Vt.] papers
please copy.

Source: Chicago Tribune, 6 April 1912.

Death of A Vermont Veteran

The recent issue of a Chicago paper announces the death of Seymour F. Norton, which occurred in that city April 2 at his residence, 3135 Washington street.

During his boyhood days, Seymour F. Norton lived in Burlington, and attended the old academy, on the site of the present grammar school Later he moved to Winooski, and was the first man to enlist in Compan E, 2nd U.S. sharpshooters, on the 5th of October, 1861. Upon the organization of the company, November 9, 1861, was made first sergeant, later being promoted first lieutenant and when the original members of the company were mustered out he was promoted captain of Company G, 4th Vermont regiment, and mustered out of the United States service July 13, 1865. During his term of service, his company and regiment participated in 27 battles and combats, including the campaigns of second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Mine Run, the Wilderness, Petersburg and Appomattox.

Captain Norton was a bright, handsome boy and a splendid soldier. After the war, he made his home in Chicago, where he engaged in newspaper work, in which he was most successful, at one time being editor of the Chicago Sentinel. He was also interested in politics and helped found the People's party.

State papers are requested to copy the above.

Source: Burlington Weekly Free Press, May 30, 1912.

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