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Boutwell, John Wilder


Age: 20, credited to Burlington, VT
Unit(s): 18th NH INF
Service: enl 9/13/64, m/i, Pvt, Co. B, 18th NH INF, 9/13/64, m/o 6/10/65

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Birth: 1844, Hanover, NH
Death: 12/11/1920

Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
Marker/Plot: 33/2937
Gravestone researcher/photographer: David Morin
Findagrave Memorial #: 6182149

Cenotaph: St. Joseph Cemetery, Burlington, VT
Marker/Plot: F-208
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, application date, "Medal of Honor Roll"
Portrait?: David Morin 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: P.O. Address: Essex Junction, Vt. in NH Register, 1895


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Saint Joseph Cemetery, Burlington, VT

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Medal of Honor

This soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor

John Wilder Boutwell

Rank and Organization: Private, Co. B, 18th New Hampshire Infantry.
Place and date: Petersburg, Va., 2 Apr 1865
Entered service at: West Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Born:3 Aug 1845, Hanover, New Hampshire.
Date of Issue: 2 Apr 1865.
Died: 11 Dec 1920, Newark, New Jersey.
Buried: Originally buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Burlington, Vermont; reinterred in Arlington National Cemetery, VA (Section 33, Grave 2937), 27 June 1956.
Citation: Brought off from the picket line, under heavy fire, a comrade who had been shot through both legs.

(Dave Morin Collection)


John W. Boutwell, born in Hanover, N. H., August 3, 1844, son of Luman and Amanda Boutwell, entered into rest December 11 after a short illness in Newark, N. J., where he had gone three weeks previously. Two years ago Mr. Boutwell suffered a severe illness, from which he never regained his former vigor.

John Wilder Boutwell enlisted in Company B, 18th New Hampshire Volunteers, at the age of 19 and served with his company until mustered out in 1865. Mr. Boutwell enlisted as a private and returned a private, having refused promotion for conspicuous gallantry at the siege of Petersburg. For this deed of valor he was granted the congressional medal of honor, the highest award give a soldier.

After his return from war he was employed by his uncle, Colonel Boutwell, at the old Pavilion Hotel in Montpelier, where he married Mary Considine, who died January 4, 1910. The greater part of his life was spent in Burlington, where he was superintendent in Linsley's coal yard and when Gay & Henderson's coal firm was organized he accepted a similar position with them, which he held until the partnership was dissolved, covering a period of over 25 years. From that time he was not actively engaged in business.

Mr. Boutwell was known for his integrity of character and upright dealing and it is given to few men to be so loved by those with whom he came in daily contact. Stannard Post, G.A.R., has lost one of its staunchest members, one whom it honored by electing him commander seven times, an unprecedented term. In his immediate family he is survived by his daughter, Anna, of Newark, N. J., where he had gone to spend the winter, and by two nephews, Marcus N. of Hartford, Conn., and George M. of Portland, Ore.

The body, accompanied by his daughter, arrived in this city on the 6:30 train Sunday evening and was escorted from the train to his home, 21 Spruce street by a large delegation from Stannard Post.

The funeral was held at St. Mar's Cathedral yesterday afternoon, with burial in St. Joseph's cemetery.

Source: Burlington Free Press, December 16, 1920, page 5.

Boutwell had been elected Officer of the Day of Stannard Post No. 2, G.A.R., the previous week. (Burlington Free Press, December 9, 1920).

Contributed by Deanna French.

(Congressional Medal of Honor Society)

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