Soper, Lafayette R.
Age: 29, credited to St. Johnsbury, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 8/7/62, m/i 9/1/62, CPL, Co. A, 11th VT INF, pr SGT 1/23/64, 1SGT 4/18/65, wdd, Petersburg, 4/2/65 (gsw, left leg amputated), City Point Genl Hospl, dis/wds, Sloan Gnrl Hosp., Montpelier
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Birth: 06/05/1833, Plattsburgh, NY
Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 119749548
Alias?: None noted
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)
Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career
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Lafayette B. Soper of Morrisville, an old resident of this place, died at the Mary Fletcher Hospital, Burlington, last Friday morning. He went there about three weeks ago and had a cataract successfully removed from one eye and was doing well when an artery inside the eye ruptured and destroyed the sight. He had also been afflicted with Bright's disease which was in its last stages and was the immediate cause of his death.
Mr. Soper was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., in 1833, but was a resident of St. Johnsbury several years prior to the outbreak of the war. He enlisted in Co. A, 11th Vt. Vol., August 7, and was mustered into the United States' service Sept. 1,1862, with rank of corporal. He was promoted sergeant in January, 1864, and again 1st sergeant in April, 1865. Sergeant Soper was in all the actions of the 11th Regiment and escaped unharmed till the last engagements, the battle of Petersburg, April 2, 1865. On the morning of that day the front ranks of the rebels on the south of Petersburg were assaulted by our forces and carried and the rebels were pursued. At a point some three miles from their works, Sergeant Soper and three others were taking from a barn some rebels, whom they had pursued and caught, when they were fired upon by their own comrades who mistook them for rebels. A musket ball struck Sergeant Soper in the left ankle, shattering the bone, and the same day his leg was amputated about four inches above the ankle.
At the battle of Weldon railroad June 23, 1864, when so many of Co. A were captured, Sergeant Soper, with a few others, escaped by running a gauntlet of musket balls. They flew around him like hail stones, but by dodging and running he made his escape. At the battle of Charleston he fired 150 rounds and at Fisher's Hill 200. He was mustered out of United States' service at David's Island, New York harbor Sept. 14, 1865. After the war he returned to St. Johnsbury and was for many years gate-keeper at the scale shops. A few years ago he removed to Morrisville, where he resided at the time of his death.
Mr. Soper was prominent in the G.A.R post here, and was an honored member of the Masonic fraternity belonging to Passumpsic lodge of this place and being Grand Tyler of the Grand lodge of Vermont. He was also a member of the North church of this place. He was universally respected wherever he has lived, and a large circle of friends and acquaintances mourn his death. His wife and daughter survive him and were with him to the last, giving him their undivided attention during his illness.
His remains were brought to St. Johnsbury on Sunday and the funeral was held on Sunday at the residence of William H. Harris. The services were conducted by Rev. C.M. Lamson. The burial was conducted by Chamberlin post, G.A.R., and Passumpsic lodge of Masons, the Palestine commandery acting as escort. Extra trains were run from Lyndonville and Morrisville and there was a large attendance of Masons and other friends from Lyndonville, Morrisville, Danville, Wolcott and elsewhere.
Source: St. Johnsbury Caledonian, May 21, 1891
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.