Batchelder, James Edwin
Age: 18, credited to Manchester, VTVITALS
Birth: 11/12/1847, Highgate, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
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James E. Batchelder
CLASS OF 1867.
LIEUT. JAMES EDWIN BATCHELDER, U. S. A., C. E.
James E. Batchelder was born in Highgate, Vt., November 12, 1847, and died in Montana, March 3, 1888. He prepared for college under the tuition of his father and at the Episcopal Institution, Burlington, Vt.
He entered the University in 1862 and remained until December 18, 1863, when he enlisted in Co E, 5th Vermont Infantry; was wounded. May 12, 1864; was discharged, September 22, 1864, to accept an appointment to the United States Military Academy, at West Point. He graduated in June, 1868 and was commissioned a 2d lieutenant, 2d United States Cavalry, June 15, 1868; was promoted 1st lieutenant. May 4, 1870; served at Fort D. A. Russell, Washington; resigned his commission, December 4, 1871.
In December of the same year, he came to the University as professor of French, Descriptive Geometry, Drawing, and assistant professor of Military Science, which position he held until June 25, 1873. He was assistant engineer on railway construction in Montana until his death, which was caused by an explosion.
He was married in 1871, to Frances E. Cady, of Northfield, who died December 31, 1875. Two children were born to them: Leonard and Francis Gowdy
Source: Norwich University, 1819-1911; her history, her graduates, her roll of honor CHAPTER IV, Sketches of Alumni and Past Cadets, 1867-1911.
Webmaster's Note: Batchelder was originally buried at Fort Maginnis, Montana Territory, bur. Mar 6, 1905, in Custer National Cemetery, Crow Agency, Big Horn County, Montana, Sec. A #183, see http://mrail.net/data/cemete/mont/bighorn/custer/custer_babi.htm.
Obituary contributed by Bob Hackett.