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Putney, Charles Edward


Age: 0, credited to Burlington, VT
Unit(s): 13th NH INF
Service: 13th NH INF

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Birth: 02/26/1840, Bow, NH
Death: 02/03/1920

Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, VT
Marker/Plot: 18
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 24913550


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: DC 70
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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Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, VT

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Putney, Charles Edward, of St. Johnsbury, son of David and Mary (Brown) Putney, was born in Bow, N.H., Feb. 26, 1840.

He received his primary instruction in the public schools of Bow, fitted for college at New London, N. H., and was graduated from the classical department of Dartmouth in 1870, having attained high rank in his class.

With the exception of three years service in the army, Mr. Putney's life has been that of an educator of the highest type. He commenced the practice of his profession while yet an undergraduate, teaching in various schools in the neighborhood of the college and also in Massachusetts. For three years after the completion of his college course he was the principal of the Boys' Boarding School of Norwich, then came to St. Johnsbury as assistant in the academy at that place, and was finally chosen principal of the institution, which position he still occupies. He has been state examiner of the Randolph and Johnson Normal Schools and has served as president of the Caledonia county board of education.

Mr. Putney was united in marriage, July 26, 1876, to Abbie, daughter of Rev. Jonathan and Phebe Foxcroft (Phillips) Clement of Norwich. They have two daughters: Mary Phillips (Wood), and Ellen Clement.

From purely patriotic motives and at great personal sacrifice he enlisted in Co. C, 13th Regt. N. H. Vols., in which he rose to the rank of sergeant. His regiment served with the armies of the Potomac and James, and he participated in eight regular engagements, having the good fortune never to be wounded or taken prisoner.

He is a member of Chamberlin Post, No. 1, GAR of St. Johnsbury; has always taken much interest in the St. Johnsbury Y.M.C.A.; is affiliated with the Congregational church, and has always a class of students in the Sunday school.

Probably no man in Vermont has exerted a greater or more beneficial influence upon young people, for his aim has ever been not only to train their intellects, but to broaden their whole lives.

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. 331.

1920 Burlington High School yearbook




Veteran; Teacher; Friend to all;
Gave his aid at his country's call.
So generous, so patient, so good and kind
He helped us find our better mind.
Loved, respected, through and through
We miss him more than he'd want us to.
The world has lost a true blue friend,
But the Kingdom of God has gained a MAN.
E. C. N.

Charles Edward Putney, the son of David and Mary Putney, was born at Bow, New Hampshire February 26, 1840. He was one of fourteen children, of who ten lived to grow to manhood and womanhood. David Putney was a farmer, and Mr. Putney's early years were spent on the farm. He attended district schools and later went to Colby Academy, teaching district schools from time to time, and preparing himself to enter Dartmouth College, which he was just to do when the Civil War broke out.

He enlisted in the 13th New Hampshire Volunteers, and, later became a sergeant. He was in the war over three years taking part in the battles of Fredericksburg, Siege of Suffolk, Port Walthal, Swift Creek, Kingsland Creek, Drewy's Bluff, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Fort McConhie, Fort Harrison, and Richmond. He was one of the first four men to enter Richmond after the surrender.

At the conclusion of the war he entered Dartmouth College, graduating with high rank in 1870. Directly after his graduation he was married to Abbie M. Clement of Norwich, Vt., who died in 1901. After teaching in Norwich for some time he went to St. Johnsbury, where he taught in the academy, later becoming principal. In 1896 he resigned on account of ill health. He became district superintendent of schools in the Templeton district in Massachusetts, where he remained until the spring of 1901, when he came to Burlington as a teach in the high school. He has been an enthusiastic member of Stannard Post, G.A.R., serving as patriotic instructor and senior vice-commander for a number of years. at the time of his death he was commander of the Post, having at last accepted an office which he had long refused. He was for a long time active in the Sunday School of the College Street Church, which he attended, and of which he was a deacon.

His last years, even up to within a few days of his death, were spent in teaching in the Burlington High School.

Second article and photo contributed by Kathy Valloch

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