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Aubery, James Madison

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 21, credited to Burlington, VT
Unit(s): 36th WI INF
Service: enl 2/29/64, m/i 2/29/64, PVT, Co. G, 36th WI INF, pr SGTMAJ 9/1/64, pr QMSGT 11/1/64, com 2LT 6/15/65, but not mustered, m/o 7/12/65, Jeffersonville, KY

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VITALS

Birth: 01/01/1843, Burlington, VT
Death: 12/13/1926

Burial: Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA
Marker/Plot: Plot: Lot 217 N Grave 6N 6W
Gravestone researcher/photographer: James Henkel
Findagrave Memorial #: 9622864

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
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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Tombstone

Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA

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Biography

AUBERY, JAMES MADISON, Los Angeles, Cal. Business man. Born Burlington, Jan. 1, 1843; son of Albert and Almira (Blish) Aubery. Educated in public schools, select school, and Burlington Academy. In 1866 married Frances Cook of Milwaukee, Wis.; they have three children, James, who married Paulina C. Fuller, daughter of the last Chief Justice Melville W. Fuller; Fantine (Mrs. D. H. Miller), and Lelia Vanderbilt (Mrs. Frank Pettee). ON leaving Burlington Academy was employed in the general merchandise stores of H. L. Moore, and George L. Warner, Burlington; in October, 1863, he went to Milwaukee, Wis., where in February, 1864, he enlisted in the 36th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. Immediately after its organization, detailed as regimental clerk; promoted to sergeant-major, quartermaster-sergeant; commissioned lieutenant in Co. G; during part of his service was acting quartermaster and adjutant; was with the regiment during its whole service; took part in the battles of Cold Harbor, the Petersburg Campaign, and Appomattox Court House; was mustered out at the close of the war, after which he attended a commercial college, graduated, and was employed as a teacher; afterwards, with Adjutant Benjamin D. Atwell, established a commercial college at Portage and Sparta, Wis.; returning to Milwaukee in 1868, he was employed by the People's and Merchants Despatch, a fast freight line; was soon promoted to cashier; this being soon after merged into the Merchants' Despatch Transportation Col., he became agent for the company at Milwaukee; manager of the same at Chicago, 1877, holding the position until 1893, when he resigned to take the management of a packing house; returned to Milwaukee 1900; compiled and published a history of the 36th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, which gives in detail the awful story of a regiment whose percentage in killed and wounded was only exceeded by 14 regiments in the whole Federal army. In 1903 went to San Francisco, Cal.; was for some time in the mining regions writing for eastern papers; settled at Los Angeles, October, 1903; manager of a hotel five years; since then in railway and automobile appliances. Now compiling a narrative of Fredericksburg and Gettysburg with special reference to the 36th Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, of which Col. Frank Haskell, a former Vermonter, was commander. A Republican; in 1896 connected with the national Republican headquarters at Chicago; is ex-president of Press Council National Union, and in 1898 was senate deputy. A Unitarian. Was secretary of the library association, Milwaukee; past grand Milwaukee Lodge No. 2, I. O. O. F.; past high priest Wisconsin Encampment No. 1; past grand Daughters of Rebekah; past commander Patriarchs Militant; member of Grand Lodge and Grand Encampment of Wisconsin, I. O. O. F.; member of Masonic fraternity, Chapter, Knights Templar, Consistory, and Mystic Shrine; George H. Thomas Post No. 5, GAR, Chicago, and represented that post as a delegate to Gen. Grant's funeral in 1885; vice-president two years of the Sons of Vermont in Chicago; member of Stanton Post No. 55, GAR, Los Angeles; honorary member Lincoln Memorial University, Cumberland Gap, Tenn., and member of Sons of Vermont, Los Angeles, Cal.

Source: Prentiss C. Dodge, Encyclopedia Vermont Biography, (Ullery Publishing Company, Burlington, VT., 1912), p. 103.

Autobiographical Notes

The army being in winter quarters by Special Orders, No. 330, Headquarters Army of the Potomac, December 6th, 1864, a certain number of officers and men from each command were granted leaves of absence and furloughs. Desiring to take advantage of it and to see my mother and sisters and the "girl I left behind me," I made the following application:

Headquarters Thirty-sixth Wis. Vol. Infantry, Office R. Q. M., January 20th, 1865. Adjutant: I would respectfully request that a furlough be granted me for twenty days for the purpose of visiting my mother at Burlington, Vt., who is very ill. I am, your obedient servant,

J. Madison Aubery,

Quartermaster-Sergeant Thirty-sixth Wis. Vols.

Endorsement.

Respectfully forwarded, approved, for the within reasons, and also because the sergeant has been present with the regiment during the campaign, has acted as adjutant, regimental quartermaster, sergeant-major, etc. He is perfectly reliable and trustworthy, and in every instance has done his duty faithfully, and is in every way entitled to a furlough. Hope this will meet with your approval. B. D. Atwell,

Lieutenant and Ajutant. Headquarters Thirty-sixth Wis. Infantry, Jan. 25th, 1865.

I copy these to show the respect, formality and "red tape" which were required in every and all instances in any request or correspondence in the army. This of course was necessary. It was discipline.

On the 30th of January I received the following:

To All Whom It May Concern: The bearer hereof, J. Madison Aubery, a quartermaster sergeant of Captain company, Thirty-sixth Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers, aged 20 years, 5 feet 8 inches high, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by profession a bookkeeper, born in the State of Vermont, and enl'sted at Milwaukee; Wisconsin, in the Thirty-sixth Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers, on the 29th day of February, 1864, to serve three years or during the war, is hereby permitted to go to Burlington, in the County of Chittenden, State of Vermont, he having received a furlough from the 1st day of February to the 20th day of February, 1864, at which period he will rejoin his company or regiment at or wherever it then may be, or be considered

a deserter.

Subsistence has been furnished to said J. Madison Aubery to

the 20th day of February, and pay to the day of

both included.

Given under my hand at near Petersburg, Va., this 31st day of January, 1864. C. E. WarNEr,

Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding the Regiment.

B. D. Atwell,

Lieutenant and Adjutant.

With this in my pocket I was the happiest man in the whole Army of the Potomac. I had not been to my Vermont home for over a year, so I must leave the regimental diary and take from the official reports the movements of the regiment while I was away. Like a soldier I was ready to move at a moment's notice— had nothing to pack. I shook hands with all the boys, 'who were envious of my good luck, for furloughs were not easy to get. I did not wait for the 1st of February, but started for City Point early in the morning of the 30th. Took the steamer "Robert Colyer" for Annapolis. Arrived at Fortress Monroe at 5:30 p. M. same day; Old Point Comfort is one of the handsomest and most comfortable places I ever saw. Here General Scofteld and staff came on board.

James Madison Aubery, The Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry … With Reminiscences from the Author's Private Journal, undated, pp 206-207

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