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Blodgett, Pearl Davis

Age: 34, credited to Randolph, VT
Unit(s): 10th VT INF, VRC
Service: comn 1LT, Co. E, 10th VT INF, 12/27/62 (1/2/63), wdd, Cold Harbor, 6/3/64, dis/wds 11/22/64, appt CPT, Co. C, 2nd VRC, 12/28/64, m/o 11/15/65 (while attached to VRC, served at U.S. Base, St. Albans with Frontier Cavalry)

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Birth: 04/07/1828, Randolph, VT
Death: 05/15/1903

Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Gibson Collection, VHS off-site, MHI 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: 10th Vt. History off-site

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Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT

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(Gibson Collection)


Blodgett, Pearl D, St. Johnsbury; Enrolled 2 Aug 1862, at Randolph, and the last of the same month was elected 1st Lieutenant of Co. G., 10th Vermont. He was in command of the company most of the time until 28 Dec 1862; was then promoted Captain of Co. E, same regiment (Bennington County Co.); he was on duty with his company on the Maryland side of the Potomac until after the battle of Gettysburg; at that time the 10th regiment joined the 3d Army Corps and remained with it until it was broken up; the regiment was then assigned to the Third Division of the Sixth Army Corps, and remained there until the close of the war.

Captain Blodgett was with the 10th regiment, and participated in all the battles from the Wilderness to Cold Harbor, from May 4 to 4 Jun 1864; he was severely wounded at the battle of Cold Harbor, 3 Jun; he was honorably discharged. 27 Nov 1864, on account of wounds received in battle.

28 Dec 1864, was appointed a Captain in the VRC; 7 Jan 1865, assigned to Co. G., 2nd VRC, then on duty at St. Albans, Vt., until 1 June, at which time the company was ordered to Indianapolis, Ind., to do camp duty at Camp Carrington and the company having been discharged on 15 Nov 1865, was mustered out by general orders from the War Department.

Source: Revised Roster, p. 733.



The following notice of the death of a distinguished son of Randolph is taken from the Burlington Free Press, and will be of interest to the older residents of the town especially----

Capt. Pearl David Blodgett, and honored soldier, esteemed Mason, and respected citizen, died Friday afternoon at 1:45 o'clock at his home on College Street of heart trouble. He was in apparent good health until Thursday morning having attended the meeting of the Loyal Legion on Tuesday night. Thursday morning he arose at an early hour, but later took to his bed, and although he went about the house several times during the day, he did not leave the bed fo more than a few moments., the end coming quietly.

Capt. Blodgett was born in Randolph, April 7, 1828, and was the son of Eli and Irene Blodgett. He received his education in the public schools of Randolph, and at the age of 17 years he entered the mercantile business, continuing in it for nearly 20 years.

In 1862 he enlisted as a volunteer, and began recruiting in Orange and Caledonia counties. He was chosen first lieutenant of Co. G. when the Tenth Regiment was organized, and was in command during the first few weeks owing to the fact that Capt. G. B. Damon did not at once join the regiment. When Capt. Winslow resigned from Co. E, Lieutenant Blodgett was promoted to the position, having been in service but three months

Captain Blodgett had his left arm shattered by a minie ball in the desperate charge upon the confederate works at Cold Harbor, and at time reported dead, his wife mourning him she received a letter telling of the circumstances, In 1864 Capt. Blodgett was appointed Captain of the Veteran Reserve Corps, and was mustered out in 1865 at Indianapolis.

He then took up his residence in St. Johnsbury, and entered the insurance business, which he conducted for years, becoming one of the most successful and widely known insurance men in the state. He removed to Burlington about three years ago, and had since resided on College Street.

Capt. Blodgett was prominent in Masonic circles, and was the oldest living member of Passumpsic Lodge, F. & A. M. of St. Johnsbury. He was for several years commander of Champlain Camp, G. A. R. at St. Johnsbury, and for a term was commander of the state. He was for years deacon of the South Congregational church of St. Johnsbury, and was always prominently associated in church affairs.

The Golden Wedding of Capt. and Mrs Blodgett would have occurred June 16th. He is survived by his wife, who was Laura N. Freeman of Brookfield, and five children, Pearl Freeman of Montpelier, Mrs. S. E. Belknap of Minneapolis, Ernest A. and Winthrop W, Blodgett of Saint Johnsbury, and Miss Eliza Wood Blodgett of this city. He also leaves three brothers, and two sisters, Hayden Blodgett of Freemont, Ohio, E. D. Blodgett of St. Johnsbury, W. W. Blodgett of Pawtucket, R. I., Mrs. William Bennett of Crete, Neb., and Miss Elizabeth Blodgett of Avaca, Neb.

Interment was made in Saint Johnsbury.
West Randolph Herald and News, May 21, 1903

Courtesy of Deanna French