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Clough, John


Age: 21, credited to Stamford, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT INF
Service: enl 10/15/61, m/i 10/31/61, Pvt, Co. A, 2nd VT INF, d/dis 12/9/61, Regtl Hosp (typhoid fever and pneumonia)

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Birth: abt 1840, Stamford, VT
Death: 12/09/1861


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, Father, 1/2/1867
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: Died in Regimental Hospital, but sent "home" for burial


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John Clough

Dec. 19, 1861

Death of a Stamford Volunteer - John, an only son of John M. Clough of Stamford, and a member of the 2nd Vermont regiment, died of typhoid fever on the Potomac, on the 10th instant, aged 21 years. His remains were embalmed and sent home to his friends, arriving in this village last Saturday evening. On the following Sabbath his funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Mr. Kirkham at the Baptist church in Stamford, a large concourse of people being in attendance from that and the neighboring towns. The occasion was solemn and impressive, as ever the occasion will be in every town, village and hamlet, which shall be called out to welcome back their first dead volunteer and sorrowfully follow him down to his final rest in the burial place of his kindred.

The patriotic sermon of Rev. Mr. Kirkham, upon this occasion, is highly spoken of by all, and was taken from Job 14:14, "If a man died, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come."

The citizens of the town visited this village in numbers for several days in succession, to escort the remains home, but owing to the non-arrival of the corpse till Saturday evening, their plans were defeated. In another column will be found a communication written by Lt. Stone to the father of the deceased.

Death of a Stamford Volunteer.

Camp Griffin, Va.,

Dec. 10, 1861

J.M. Clough, Esq: Dear Sir, - I have the melancholy announcement to make, that your son, a member of our company, after an illness of eight or ten days, died of Typhoid fever and Pneumonia, the 9th, inst.

It gives us sorrow to think that so promising a young man and soldier should fall a victim to disease, or rather, to the rebellion that brought us here to endure the hardships of war, and the change of country and climate.

Your son's death was quite unexpected to us.

Indeed, the disease of which he died is sometimes very deceptive. We thought he was doing well, but he dropped away suddenly. Soon after being taken ill he was sent back to the Hospital, and later still to a house in our vicinity where he might be more comfortable. I am well persuaded that he received proper and attentive care at the hands of the attendants at the house and hospital.

I hope in this bereavement that you will find great consolation in the fact that he attempted to do his part to quell this wicked rebellion, and to serve his country.

Newton Stone.

Source: Hoosac Valley News and Transcript, 19 December 1861; contributed by Tom Boudreau