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Thomas H. Green, Burlington


Born a slave in Virginia about 1830, Thomas Green was sold at a New Orleans slave market to a wealthy merchant and estate owner, M. des Marais. des Marais owned over 500 slaves, all of which were required to speak french. Green became his valet and traveled to Paris several times in the company of his then-master. With the outbreak of war and the approaching Union army, des Marais fled his estate. Green took two of his masters horses and headed toward the Union camp where he became a body servant for a Union officer from Vermont. He traveled to Vermont with that officer and immediately joined the Union army in Leicester Junction. He served honorably with the regiment but was discharged early due to illness contracted while serving in Texas. Several years after the war ended Green returned to Vermont where he settled in Burlington and worked as a general handyman. He married, but his wife predeceased him by several years. He was a member of the Stannard Post G.A.R. in Burlington and was always seen in military processions.

Green died on 05/23/1905 of typhoid pneumonia and is buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Burlington, Vermont. His headstone was donated by the G.A.R. post. He had a married daughter and a brother, both living at the time in Virginia.