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Fairbanks, Charles


Age: 18, credited to Bethel, VT
Unit(s): 2nd USSS
Service: enl 8/12/62, m/i 9/30/62, PVT, Co. E, 2nd USSS, pow, Gettysburg, 7/2/63, prld 9/29/64, m/o 6/19/65

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Birth: 06/22/1846, Bethel, VT
Death: 02/03/1922

Burial: Prospect Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT
Marker/Plot: 464; Sect 8 No. 111
Gravestone photographer: Bob Edwards
Findagrave Memorial #: 117654179


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 1/2/1866
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: Article


Great Granduncle of Grant Fairbanks, Ojai, CA

Great Granduncle of Lee Fairbanks, Portsmouth, NH

Great Granduncle of Howell Beach Fairbanks, Jr., Evansville, IN

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Prospect Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT

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Native of Bethel and a Young Civil War Veteran.

Charles Fairbanks, 75, formerly of Brattleboro, died Friday at Edgewood, the home of his daughter, Mrs. F. H. Foster, in Claremont, N. H.

Mr. Fairbanks was born in Bethel, in 1846. He was a veteran of the Civil war, having enlisted in Berdan's Sharpshooters at the age of 16. Taken prisoner during the second day's fighting at Gettysburg, he was confined on Belle Island five weeks, when he was exchanged. He then er-enlisted in a Vermont regiment in which he served until the end of the war. He participated in various battle including Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Petersburg and Appomattox.

He was well known throughout New Hampshire, where his work as a special examiner of the pension department from 1882 to 1893 brought him many friends among Civil war veterans. While stationed in New Hampshire, his headquarters were at Concord, where he lived with his family. During Cleveland's second administration he was retired, but was re-appointed by President McKinley in 1897 and stationed at Boston, where he lived until failing health in 1908 compelled him to resign his position. His home had since been at Claremont.

For a number of years prior to his appointment as a special examiner of the pension department, Mr. Fairbanks was employed at the factory of the Estey Organ company in Brattleboro.

He leaves a wife, who was Miss Emma Weatherhead of Brattleboro, and two children, Mrs. Frank H. Foster of Claremont and Charles Fairbanks of Seattle, Washington.

The funeral was held at Brattleboro, Monday afternoon, Rev. Edwin P. Wood, pastor of the First Universalist church, officiated. The burial took place in the family lot in Prospect hill cemetery.

Source: Barre Times, February 6, 1922
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.