Sherman, Linus Elias
Age: 26, credited to Montgomery, VTVITALS
Birth: 06/30/1835, Fairfield, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, CO
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Sherman, Linus E., of Colorado Springs, Col., son of Elias H. and Clarissa (Wilmarth) Sherman, was born in Fairfield, June 30, 1835.
His early education was acquired by attending the district schools and at twenty he prepared for college at Bakersfield Academy and Burr & Burton Seminary; entered Middlebury College and graduated with the class of '61, taking the degree of A. M. in course.
Mr. Sherman was principal of Black River Academy in 1866, and in 1867 engaged in the drug business in which he successfully continued until 1876, when he removed to Colorado where he followed mercantile pursuits for several years, and afterward engaged in legal practice before the United States Land Office at Denver, and was admitted as an attorney before the interior department, and now enjoys an extensive and lucrative practice as a mineral land attorney and pension lawyer.
Mr. Sherman has always been too fully occupied with business affairs to devote much time to politics, although he has always performed his duties as a citizen. He was a member of the Vermont constitutional convention in 1869, and was a member of the city council at Colorado Springs, Col., in 1879.
Mr. Sherman married, May 16, 1866, at Dunham, P. Q., Jennie C., daughter of R. L. and Pamelia Galer. Of this union were three children: Clarence G., Agnes M., and Gertrude C. Mrs. Sherman died Nov. 17, 1877. He was again married, Jan. 20, 1881, to Louise B., daughter of Charles P. and Naomi P. Gould of Salem, Mass. Of this union is one daughter: Marian H.
Mr. Sherman was the first man in Franklin county to respond when the call of May, 1862, was made for troops. He enlisted in Co. A, 9th Vt. Vols., was elected lieutenant and subsequently promoted to captain, in which capacity he served until the surrender of Lee. He was in all the battles in which his regiment engaged except that of Harper's Ferry, when he was sick and a prisoner at Winchester, Va.; was detailed upon staff duty and was provost marshal at Newport Barracks, N. C. A member of the GAR since 1868, he has been a member of the department council of administration and is at present past post commander of the Colorado Springs Post. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Colorado Springs and has served as deacon for twelve years.
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 III, pp. 142.
DEACON LINUS E. SHERMAN
On Saturday morning, Feb. 7th, our beloved brother, Gen. L. E. Sherman, passed away. He died at his home in Colorado Springs. For more than a year he had been in poor health, but for several months preceding his death he had regained his strength so far as to lead a rather active life.
General Sherman was born in Fairfield, Vermont, in 1836. He received his early training in the district schools, and graduated from Middlebury College in 1861. It was a great delight to him to attend the reunion of his class at Middlebury in June 1911, when the surviving members of his class gathered in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of their graduation.
General Sherman had in his character the sturdy traits of the old New Englander, and these traits found expression in all of his relationships. He was the first man in his county who volunteered for service in the Union army when the call for soldiers was made in May, 1862, and he organized Co. A of the 9th Vermont Volunteers. He served in the army for three years with bravery and distinction. In all his afterlife his army associations were very dear to him. He was prominent in G.A.R. circles, and was keenly alive in all matters of patriotism. It was appropriate, therefore, that the local Post of the G.A.R. should have part in the funeral services at the First Baptist church in Colorado Springs, on February 20th.
While he was enthusiastic in his appreciation of the history of the Union army, there was not a suggestion of bitterness left in his good heart. For six years proceding his death he had as pastor the son of a Confederate soldier. The last time the pastor visited him in an hour of consciousness the dying general, his face wreathed in smiles, exclaimed: "The pastor. The pastor!" Never did this pastor feel that he could more appropriately say to a soldier: "I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course. I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness."
But the organization to which General Sherman was most devoted was his own church. Only Heaven knows what his lfe had been worth to the First Baptist church of Colorado Springs, of which he was a member for about 36 years, and a deacon for about 30 years. Fidelity was the keynote of his career. He gave himself unreservedly to the church and to the interests of the Kingdom. Ther peole who served with him feel that they are the poorer today because of his going, but richer because he lived. He had few equals in the matter of fidelity and in the matter of his love for his church. We shall miss him more than we can tell, and we shall miss him more a little later, when we realized how great is our loss. Our brother leaves a wife and several children.
The funeral service was held in the First Baptist church, in the presence of a large sympathetic gathering. Deacon Sherman's going saddened the entire community. We trust that his departure will prove to be the voice of God calling many of us to greater devotion to His Kingdom. It is our comfort that
"We shall know each other better
When the mists have rolled away."
--- J. H. Ranklin.
Source: Unknown Colorado Springs newspaper, February, 1912; contributed by Marie Wright, wife of Linus' 2nd-great-grandnephew, Norman E. Wright.2nd-great-granduncle of Norman E. Wright