Colliston, Erastus G.
Age: 18, credited to Barton, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl as Erastus G. Collister, 6/10/63, m/i 7/11/63, Pvt, Co. L, 11th VT INF, pow, Weldon Railroad, 6/23/64, Andersonville, prld 11/26/64, m/o 6/22/65
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Birth: 02/1845, Canada
Burial: Welcome O. Brown Cemetery, Barton, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Bev Lasure
Findagrave Memorial #: 18499349
Alias?: Collister, Eratus G.
Pension?: Yes, 7/6/1876
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)
Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career
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LAST VETERAN IS GONE
Erastus G. Colliston, Late of Barton, Was 87 Years Old.
Barton, May 22. - An interesting feature of the Memorial day exercises here the past few years has been the presence on the stage of Erastus G. Colliston, the last surviving member of the George W. Quimby post, No. 76, of the Grand Army of the Republic. Only the past week the body of this veteran was shipped from California, where he recently died, and he was buried with military honors in the Welcome O. Brown cemetery. The Grand Army ritual service was read at the grave by members of the Sons of Veterans and the American Legion. For several years he had been the last survivor of the 63 men that enlisted from this town.
Mr. Colliston enlisted June 10, 1863, when only 18 years old, and was a private in Co. L of the 11th Vermont, 1st regiment, heavy artillery. He was taken prisoner in the summer of ‘64 and was confined six months in the Andersonville prison. He participated in the severe engagements of Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. He was mustered out June 22, 1865. He was in his 87th year at the time of his death.
Source: Barre Daily Times, May 22, 1931
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.