Age: 23, credited to Topsham, VTVITALS
Birth: 1838, Topsham, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
West Topsham Cemetery, Topsham, VT
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William Bagley, whose death was recorded last week in the Herald, was born in the town of Topsham, Vermont, Feb. 5, 1838, the son of Capt. Daniel and Louise Bullard Bagley. His education was received in the little "Red School House", of the early days.
In response to an urgent call from the Secretary of War in September 1861, Gov. Fairbanks issued orders for the raising and organizing of the 6th Vermont Regiment. In less than two weeks the regiment was raised and ordered to rendezvous at Montpelier. Mr. Bagley enlisted in Co, B., Capt. Alonzo Hutchinson, and on the 19th of October the regiment started for the front, where one year later it became part of the Old Vermont Brigade, Second Division, Sixth Army Corps.
At the battle of Savage Station he was taken prisoner, and spent four months in Libby Prison, Richmond, Va., after which he was exchanged and returned to his regiment and company, and participated in all the following engagements of his regiment. His term of enlistment having expired, he was mustered out Oct. 28, 1864, having served his country a little more than three years.
Returning to his old home in Topsham he married Mary C. Bagley. To them one son, E. J. Bagley was born. For several years he followed the carpenter's trade. After the death of his wife Mary, Sept 30, 1874, he followed the business of millwright. In 1880 he married Miss Carrie C. Wallace, of his hometown. In 1904 he moved to Island Pond, and for several years was connected to the Y.M.C.A. work.
During the last four years he has made his home principally with Mrs. Bagley's niece, Mrs. C. W. Cameron, of White River Junction. He leaves a widow and one son, E. J. Bagley, of this place. William Bagley was a man of sterling character, a Christian gentleman, whose daily life was full of kind deeds and helpful acts. He always took a great interest in the young people, church work, and the progress of his home town.
The hardship and suffering of prison life sapped his vitality, and many years of his life has been passed in feeble health. During these days he was always cheerful and took a kindly interest in the welfare of all with whom he came in contact. The influence of such lives go on long after the mortal man has passed away.
He will be mourned and missed by friends and relatives in his old hometown, and a wide circle of friends where he has since made his home.
Essex County Herald, June 28, 1918
Courtesy of Deanna French.