Age: 35, credited to Landgrove, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 8/29/62, m/i 10/23/62, CPL, Co. C, 16th VT INF, m/o 8/10/63
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Birth: 12/02/1823, Landgrove, VT
Burial: Wymore Cemetery, Wymore, NE
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: RBaker/Findagrave
Findagrave Memorial #: 59631784
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes,11/30/1886; widow Hannah, 12/9/1891, NE
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)
3rd Great Grandfather of Neil Davis, Gilford, NH
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Wymore Cemetery, Wymore, NE
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Weekly Wymorean, Nov 14, 1891 [Wymore, Nebraska]
Hiram Davis, [died] at his home in this city, on Saturday, November, 7th, at eleven o'clock. Mr. Davis had been in poor health for many months and gradually sank lower and lower until the last hour of dissolution.
He was born in Vermont, December 2nd, 1823, and at the time of his death was aged 67 years, 11 months and 5 days. He served during the late war as a member of Co. C, 16th regiment Vermont volunteer infantry and was engaged in a number of battles and received an honorable discharge at the close of the war. March 22nd, 1844, he was married to Hannah Allen. They were blessed with six children. His wife and three children survive him.
Mr. Davis located in Wymore soon after the town was platted and was a highly respected and honorable citizen, being a carpenter by trade. He was a member of Coleman post, No. 115, G.A.R. He was a past commander and its quartermaster at the time of his death.
The funeral services were conducted at the Congregational church, on Sunday, by Rev. J.A. Milligan, assisted by Rev. A.H. Law, under the auspices of Coleman post No. 115, G.A.R. and the W. R. C. The remains were followed to the cemetery by a large procession and laid to rest with military honors.
Comment: Hiram was apparently wounded at Gettysburg. On page 500 of The History of Hancock, New Hampshire, 1764 – 1889 by William Willis Hayward, it is noted that Hiram was "the first bugler in his regiment; was run over in the battle of Gettysburg, and carried off the field helpless” (Hiram is mentioned in the book because his father was from Hancock). There seems to be no wartime record of either his injury or his supposed role as a bugler, but the 1890 Veteran Census lists a Hiram Davis of Wymore, NE, (C Co. 16th VT) as having a "Gunshot Wound in Left Leg.”
The National Tribune, Thurday, February 21, 1889
Hiram Davis, Commander, Coleman Post, No. 115, Wymore: We desire to notify all Grand Army Posts in particular and other societies in general to beware of one F. C. Cushman, who is going from place to place representing himself to be a Grand Army man and proposing to give entertainments for the benefit of Posts and other societies. He came to our Post proposing to produce the "Fairy Queen," and to give the Post a per cent of the proceeds for their support and assistance in preparing the operetta, which was to be composed mostly of local talent. After putting the Post to some $25 or $30 expense, and was ready for the exhibition, - it having been advertised to take place on Dec. 26 and 27, - on the evening of the 25th said Cushman got intoxicated, had a dispute with the lady he had brought from Topeka, Kan., to play the part of "Fairy Queen," took his paraphernalia and left on the night train, leaving hotel bills unpaid and leaving the young lady without money to get home. We have learned that he has since been at Hiawatha, Kan., and St. Joseph, Mo., trying to impose on the G.A.R. at both places. Cushman is a man somewhat above the medium hight[sic], of slim build, black hair and black mustache; has very small hands. He claims to have belonged to Co. C, 8th Vt. We deem it our duty to notify G.A.R. Posts and the public generally of his actions, that they may not be imposed upon. A man giving his name as John Real, and claiming to belong to Gen. John A. Logan Post, of Evanston, Ill., asked assistance of our Post members to get from Wymore, Neb., to Kansas City, Mo., where he said he had a brother. He claimed he had been out to Ogden, Utah, to bury a brother who had been killed by the cars, and while asleep on the train someone had stolen his pocketbook, containing about $120 in money and his ticket. He was a very gentlemanly - appearing man, well-dressed, about 48 years of age, about five feet eight inches in hight[sic]. His papers showed him to have been a member of Co. F, 22nd Ind. Money was furnished him to pay his fare to Kansas City, he agreeing to return it from there, but he has not yet remitted.
We have since learned that he is not a member of John A. Logan Post, and that he has imposed on G.A.R. men in a similar way at various other places.
The National Tribune, Thursday, April 4, 1889
The Same Old Deadbeat.
EDITOR NATIONAL TRIBUNE: I rise to congratulate Comrade Hiram Davis, of Wymore, Neb., upon his pleasant experience with deadbeats, as recorded in your issue of Feb. 21, and also to offer him my hand and the cordial sympathy of a comrade in like distress. The occasion upon which I became the victim occurred about the last week in October, 1888, and this same John Real appeared upon the scene in the role of a man in distress. This time he had been East to bury his brother Henry, and while asleep on the train, after leaving Milwaukee, had been robbed of his pocketbook and ticket, and now asked assistance to reach his home at Sioux Falls, Dak., where he claimed to be a member of (as I have since learned) a non-existing Post. He was dressed in a good suit of blue, and wore the lapel button of the Order. Now, if it is in order, I would suggest that a committee be appointed to ascertain how many brothers this man has to bury, and about when they are likely to require the performance of this sad rite, so that Comrade Davis and myself might meet John upon one of these occasions before he starts on his return trip, and while he is in possession of his pocketbook. - Albert Swift, Brownsdale, Minn.
Contributed by Neil Davis, Hiram's 3rd Great Grandson.