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HENRY J. BASS

Josiah [Bass], b. in Brookfield, Dec. 15, 1818, m. Jan. 8, 1841, Mary A. Whitcomb and resided in Jericho from 1842 until about 28 years ago, when he moved with his family to Minneapolis, Minn. They owned and resided for about 20 years on what is now known as the Kingsbury farm. Josiah Bass was for many years the deacon of the Congregational Church. Their eldest son, Henry J., left school when only seventeen years of age, and enlisted in 2d Vt. Regiment. He was large of his age and strong, and was a brave soldier, who in the heat of battle forgot self and caution, and recklessly stood and fired for two of three other soldiers to reload who were lying on the ground. He was warned about taking such as terrible risk, but could not be dissuaded. He died a victim of a Confederate sharp shooter's bullet at the Battle of the Wilderness, and his burial was with the many others who gave their all as he did in the great Civil War.

Source: Chauncey H. Hayden, et al, , The History of Jericho Vermont The Free Press Printing Co., Printers and Binders, Burlington, Vt., 1916), p. 378.

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