Berry, Asa W.
Age: 26, credited to Chittenden, VT
Unit(s): 22nd NY INF
Service: PVT, Co. G, 22nd NY INF
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Birth: unknown, Unknown
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 60596048
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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MAN KILLED AT PITTSFORD
During the celebration on Tuesday, a man named Asa Berry of Chittenden was shot and and instantly killed while firing a cannon. Just before the oration by Stephen. Walker, a salute was called for. One gun was fired, and Berry, who was loading, went to put in the second cartridge without swabbing out his gun. Before the cartridge was half way down it took fire, and went off, and blew Berry into a stump fence some rods distance, killing and mangling him. His right arm was blown off just below the elbow, the hand being found near the mouth of the cannon, the face was blown off, the right shoulder was badly torn, and also the chest and side. His clothing, with the exception of his boot, was blown entirely off, and the watch in his pocket was blown to pieces so thoroughly that nothing but the case has been found.
Berry was a single man, about 35, having no relatives but a married sister, who was on the ground. He had been at work in Chittenden for a farmer named James Stratton. He served in the war, belonging to Company A. the Second New York Veteran Cavalry. In the war he was a hard drinker, and it is said that he had been drinking at the time of the accident. He was in discharge of his duty when killed, and understood loading a gun, but in his haste to see how rapidly he could fire, neglected to swabb it properly.
Source: Rutland Daily Globe, July 6, 1876
At the regular communication of the Otter Creek Lodge, No. 70, F. & A. M. held at the lodge room, Pittsford, August 1, 1876, the following resolutions on the death of Asa Berry were passed.
WHEREAS--It has pleased God to remove from us by death, our worthy Brother, Asa W. Berry, while in active performance at the Centennial Celebration, held at Pittsford July 4, 1876. Therefore, be it
RESOLVED -- That while we humbly bow in submission to this dispensation of Providence we deeply mourn the loss of a good friend and Brother.
RESOLVED -- That the faithful performance of his duty, and his kindness of heart, reveal a character worthy of imitation by every member of the lodge.
RESOLVED -- That the relatives of our deceased Brother, we tender our deepest sympathy in this their great sorrow.
RESOLVED -- That a copy of these resolutions be sent to each member of his family, and also be printed in each of the Rutland papers.
Source: Rutland Daily Globe, July 10. 1876
Courtesy of Deanna French