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Stearns, Riley B.

Age: 20, credited to Burlington, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 7th VT INF
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, Pvt, Co. H, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; enl 11/30/61, m/i 2/12/62, 1SGT, Co. A, 7th VT INF, comn 1LT, Co. A, 10/15/62 (10/15/62), pr CPT, Co. K, 9/22/64 (9/26/64), pow, Spanish Fort, 3/31/65, receipted for 4/21/65, m/o 5/15/65

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Birth: 08/20/1840, Bellows Falls, VT
Death: 08/09/1902

Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Burlington, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
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, widow Jane A.
Portrait?: VHS off-site
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: Restored gravestone photo courtesy of Deborah Hardy and Jim Woodman.

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Greenmount Cemetery, Burlington, VT

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Riley Burdette Stearns, for 40 years, a prominent citizen of Burlington, an old time druggist, and a veteran of the Civil War died in Burlington Friday after a long and painful illness. Mr. Stearns was born in Rockingham August 29, 1840.

He enlisted under the first call for troops in the Civil War and had obtained the rank of Captain when the war closed. He saw arduous and trying experiences, being captured by the enemy after dangerous service on picket line duty at the siege of the Spanish Fort, one of the principal defences of Mobile, March 31, 1865. He was a prisoner for several weeks. He was honorably discharged from the service May. 15, 1865. He was a good soldier, a capable officer, and high in the esteem of his brothers in arms.

He resumed his business of druggist after the war. He was president of the Retail Druggist Association and was a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion and the Reunion Society of Vermont Officers.

He is survived by two sons, both of Burlington, and a sister, Mrs. John W. Adams, of Shelburne Falls, Mass. The funeral was held at his late residence Sunday evening.

Windham County Reformer, August 15, 1902

Courtesy of Deanna French.