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Porter, Robert Perry Jr.

Age: 19, credited to Sutton, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF
Service: enl 1/1/62, m/i 2/18/62, SGT, Co. K, 8th VT INF, reen 1/5/64; pr 1SGT 4/12/64; pow 9/4/62, prld 11/13/62, wdd, Port Hudson, 6/14/63, wdd, Winchester, 9/19/64, comn 1LT 11/24/64 (2/1/65), m/o 6/28/65 (on roster as Perry Porter Jr.)

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Birth: 06/05/1842, Waterford, VT
Death: 01/22/1926

Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Burke, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 177626742
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, death date/location, widow Margaret M.
Portrait?: Gibson Collection, VHS off-site, MHI 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: Died in Brattleboro, VT

2nd Great Grandfather of Margaret Cahalane Hayes, Weeki Wachee, FL

2nd Great Grandfather of Margaret Cahalane Hayes, Weeki Wachee, FL

2nd Great Grandfather of Sarah Beth Porter-Dowell, Salisbury, MA

2nd Great Grandfather of Nathaniel E. Perry, Shaktoolik, AK

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Hillside Cemetery, Burke, VT

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and other veterans who may be buried there.

(Gibson Collection)


(8th Regiment History)


In July, 1864, the 8th Vermont was sent to Virginia. Sergeant Porter was again wounded in September at Opequon, but he was in the battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, when Company K , was at the front in the 19th corps which was surprised and almost cut to pieces. By the wounding and death of his superior officers, he became 1st lieutenant and was left in command. The last engagement in which he took place was at Newton, Va., in November, 1864.

After the war Mr. Porter returned to Sutton and married Electra V., daughter of Joel Trull, Jr., October 19, 1865, just a year after Cedar Creek. Four children were born to them, Fred T., now a merchant at West Burke; Nellie Aurora, wife of the late Ray Ruggles; David who has recently graduated as a law student and had begun practice at St. Johnsbury and Grace May who died four years ago at the age of seven. Mr. Porter went to Wisconsin in 1867, but returned to Burke in 1874 and engaged in grocery business with F. S. Colbleigh. In 1879 he became connected with the Vermont Lumber Co., and four years after bought the store and business in which, in 1889, he was succeeded by his son. In 1876 he built the pleasant residence near the school house where he now lives.

In a public capacity Perry Porter has served as a member of the republican county committee, as constable and collector for Burke, justice of the peace and from 1886 to 1894 as deputy sheriff. He joined the Baxter Post, G.A.R., of Newport in 1880 and was transferred to D. Rattery Post upon its organization in 1882. At various times he has been it commander, adjutant and officer of the day. He was interested in the building of Grand Army Hall and is now one of its principal owners. In 1895, he was made senior vice commander of the state department, G.A.R., and he is a member of the military order of the Loyal Legion whose headquarters in Vermont are at Burlington. Mr. Porter is a Mason and a member of the Palestine Commandery, K.T. Possessing much energy and business capacity, he had been identified with new enterprises in Burke, while his ability and commanding presence make him a favorite presiding officer at public assemblies. His name stands for progress, both material and social. When asked what will most conduce to the future prosperity of Burke Mr. Porter answered emphatically, "utilize every ounce of water power we have."

1896 Centennial Edition of the St. Johnsbury Republican: The St. Johnsbury Republican, Burke Centennial Edition, St. Johnsbury, Vermont, Wednesday, July 1, 1896.

Contributed by Gary W. Davis, Claymont, DE, great-grandson of Martin Warner Davis, Coventry, Captain, Co. D, 6th Vermont Volunteer Infantry


Robert P. Porter, aged 82, a captain in the Civil War, and commander of Sedgwick Post, G.A.R., of Brattleboro, died Friday evening after a week's illness with pneumonia at his home of Highland road. He was a native of Waterford. He enlisted in Company K, Eighth Vermont Regiment, and for three years saw hard service, being wounded several times and being a prisoner at Vicksburg. He carried a bullet in his leg until his death. After the war, he was a farmer in Wisconsin. Returning to West Burke he was a general merchant many years, was deputy sheriff 15 years and pension attorney more than 30 years, retiring 20 years ago.

St. Albans Daily Messenger
January 23, 1926


The funeral of Robert Perry Porter who died at his home in Brattleboro Sunday night, was held yesterday afternoon at West Burke, where he formerly resided and where for more than 40 years he was a prominent business man and leading citizen. The funeral was held in the Methodist church where he was for many years a member. The service was in charge of Rev. Joseph Vasey, pastor of the church.

The floral tributes were many and beautiful, and the bearers were his grandson and namesake Robert P. Porter, Dr. A. H. Jenkins, C. E. Coburn and B. D. Ruggles. The church was filled with friends and former neighbors and acquaintances who met to pay their last tribute of respect and esteem for one who will be greatly missed. There were five Grand Army comrades representing D. Rattray Post of West Burke, of which Mr. Porter was the first commander. There were large representations from the Masons, Odd Fellows, and Woman's Relief Corps, these groups occupying seats together at the service.

The burial was in the family lot at West Burke cemetery.

In addition to the relatives friends from out of town included, Mrs. H. B. Cushman of Newport; John Fyler, of Lyndon Center; L. D. Gordon and H. S. Powers, of Lyndonville; S. A. Richardson, Jutten A. Longmoore, Harry W. Witters and George C. Spencer, of St. Johnsbury.

Caledonian-Record, January 27, 1926

Submitted by Tom Boudreau.