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Cole, Felix G.
Age: 20, credited to Shaftsbury, VT
Unit(s): 4th VT INF
Service: enl 8/19/61, m/i 9/21/61, Pvt, Co. A, 4th VT INF, pr CPL 6/1/63, dsrtd 9/10/63, rtnd 2/19/64, pow Weldon Railroad, 6/23/64, Andersonville, prld n.d., m/o 4/24/65
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Birth: abt 1841, Shaftsbury, VT
Burial: Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN
Marker/Plot: SECTION 21 LOT 701 GRAVE 7
Gravestone photographer: Dan Taylor
Findagrave Memorial #: 31839119
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 1/31/1976
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN
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Felix G. ColeBennington Banner
Fri., Feb. 15, 1915
FELIX G. COLE DEAD
Native of Shaftsbury Who Has Honable Record.
Felix G. Cole, who was born in Shaftsbury in 1840 and who was for many years a prominent business man of Bennington died at the home of his oldest son, David G. Cole in Minneapolis, Minn., on January 5, after an illness of six days from pneumonia.
Mr. Cole attended school and college in this vicinity and enlisted in Company A, Fourth Vermont Infantry in 1861. He served under the various generals who commanded the Sixth Army corps and participated in the battles of Yorktown, Williamsburg, the Seven Days Fight, Fredericksburg, Spottsylvania, the Wilderness and numerous other engagements. Finally, while serving under U.S Grant, he was captured in the operation before Petersburg and was taken south and confined in Andersonville and Libby prisons where for ten months or until the rebellion was over he endured the nameless horrors of those prisons. When the gates of Andersonville were thrown open in 1865, he emerged an emaciated and scarce recognizable object weighing but 85 pounds. He was then taken to the General hospital at Baltimore, Md., where it required months of careful treatment to restore his health. His return home was a surprise to his family who had supposed him to have died. From 1865 to 1876 he engaged in a general merchandise business in Bennington and became widely known and respected in this part of the state. In 1876 he removed with his family to Missouri; from there he moved to Iowa in 1878 and thence to Colorado in 1885, where he became a typical ranchman and cattle raiser on an extended scale. In 1891 he removed to Minneapolis where he resided until his death. He was for some years a city official in Minneapolis and later engaged in the real estate and home building business in which work he was actively and prosporously engaged at the time of his death.
He is survived by three sons, David G., Edward C., and Max O. Cole, all of whom reside in Minneapolis and some of whom are also natives of Bennington. Mr. Cole, together with his former army comrade George Bahan who is also a resident of Min- neapolis and well known here, made a visit to Bennington in 1913 on the occasion of the Grand Army meeting at Gettysburg. He enjoyed a stay of three weeks here at that time and renewed many of the old acquaint- ances of his youth.
His death will come as a shock to his many friends and admirers in Bennington and vicinity, for his geniality and unselfishness endeared him to all who knew him.
Mr. Cole has a brother, Erskine A. Cole, who at present lives on Valentine street here and who is now the sole survivor of the six brothers all of whom enlisted in the Vermont regiments during the Civil war. Certainly an enviable military record for a family.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.