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Atkinson, William H.

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 23, credited to Newbury, VT
Unit(s): 12th VT INF
Service: enl 8/15/62, m/i 10/4/62, Pvt, Co. H, 12th VT INF, m/o 7/14/63

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VITALS

Birth: 10/19/1838, Newbury, VT
Death: 04/24/1922

Burial: Oxbow Cemetery, Newbury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 100327900

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/26/1892, 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: See Benedict's Army Life in Virginia

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BURIAL:

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Oxbow Cemetery, Newbury, VT

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Obituary

William H. Atkinson

The current bears us all along. It stays not for the purposes and hopes of anyone. In a day, and even an hour a man is as though he had never been. Well knowing that the fact is not so, he yet feels while living that he is immortal on the earth. His conscious existence so overwhelms him that he cannot realize that he ever will be no part of life or consciousness. This delusion, like many other phantoms of life was broken in the death of William H. Atkinson and the many friends, who gathered at his home on Thursday afternoon to pay him the last tribute of respect, were confronted with the fact that they too were mortal. The subject of this sketch was born Oct. 19, 1838, the eldest son of Joseph and Charlotte Atkinson. He was educated in the public schools and Newbury seminary and before reaching man's estate he had offered his services and his life to our nation in order that this government should not perish, serving in the 12th Vermont regiment, company H. On returning from the war he settled down to the peaceful pursuits of agriculture and on Jan. 11, 1865, was united in marriage to Ella, daughter of A. Hazen and Maria Lang Hibbard of Bath, N.H. An ideal home was established, in which three daughters came, who proved a joy and a comfort to their parents and who repaid them for their watchful care, their education and the environment of a Christian home with filial love. All are living. Charlotte, now Mrs. Grank Gunnell of Harworth, N.J., Misses Frances and Ann of Newbury. Mr. Atkinson was a modest, rather a retiring man, who loved his home and his occupation, that of a farmer. His home was beautiful for location situated on a bluff which overlooked his broad acres of meadow land with the Connecticut river in the distance. Truly his lines were cast in pleasant places. Since the death of his wife, which occurred Nov. 18, 1913, his home has been presided over by his two daughters, who have done everything in their power to make his declining years happy. This modest man would shrink from an eulogy, or having his virtues extolled. His life was his eulogy. For nearly a century the name of Atkinson has been associated with the annals of our town; it is a synonym of good deeds. It is true that which is said of the dead is a matter of entire indifference to them. They are beyond censure or praise. But the memory of the good men do in their lives should be sacredly preserved by the living, and for the living. All the pleasing associations, kind and charitable deeds, just and faithful actions of those gone should continue to warm, cheer and correct their survivors. William H. Atkinson still lives in the hearts of his friends. He was a man.

Source: The Barre Daily Times, 2 May 1922
Courtesy of Deanna French.