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French, Charles Augustus


Age: 0, credited to St. Albans, VT
Unit(s): 10th CT INF
Service: enl 9/30/61, m/i, CORP, Co. C, 10th CT INF, 10/22/61, pr SGT, 1/2/64, m/o 8/25/65

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Birth: 1832, Plainfield, NH
Death: 09/23/1899

Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, St. Albans, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 23781400


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 4/27/1889, VT; widow Addie S., 10/25/1899, VT
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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Greenwood Cemetery, St. Albans, VT

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His Body Found Saturday Afternoon in Hoyt's Sugar Woods

Charles A. French, a well-known citizen of St. Albans, died suddenly of heart disease while in what is known as Hoyt's sugar woods on High street shortly after four o'clock Saturday afternoon

The first news of the unfortunate affair was brought down town by Emma Bascomb, a young girl, who hailed W. N. Stearns, a Hackman, and told him excitedly that there was a very sick man in that direction, getting into his carriage, urged him to drive there with all speed. She directed him street by street, and after they had gone some distance on High street told him the man was in a house in the distance. When the hack had crossed the little bridge on the High street extension however, and stopped it, and jumping out hurried off into the bush a short distance from the road. Stearns followed her and came up to the girl leaning over the dead body of Mr. French

The girl then urged Stearns to take the body in his hack to Mr. French's home on Welden street, but this he refused to do, telling her it was first his duty to notify the city authorities. Stearns and the Bascomb girl then drove back to the city and notified Mayor Larner who in turn took in Dr. George Dunsmore, and the four returned to the woods

When they arrived there they found on the scene W. G. Brown and Lewis J. Peterson, who had been working nearby and who were attracted to the spot by the sight of the hack and its occupants in such an out of the way place

The Bascomb girl told the Hackman that she was passing the woods in the road when Mr. French appeared in the bush and told her in great excitement and with evident pain that he was very ill and besought her to hurry for a physician

Dr. Dunsmore pronounced the man dead and the body was taken to Mr. French's home. The funeral will be held there tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock

Mr. French was born in New Hampshire 67 years ago. During the Civil War he served in a Connecticut regiment from 1861 to 1865. He was married to Miss Leonard of Worcester, Vt., in Montpelier and shortly afterwards moved to this city where he had been employed as painter in the Central Vermont car shop for the past 30 years. He had been a member of Post Hurlburt, G.A.R., until recently and was a member of Franklin Masonic lodge in this city. Miss Bascomb said this morning that she had nothing to say about Mr. French' s death except that he called to her as she was riding along on her bicycle, and asked her if she would be kind enough to get him a hack for he was ill and unable to walk home. This she did and also notified Mayor Larner.

Source: St. Albans Daily Messenger, Sep. 25, 1899
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.