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Freeman, Alexander


Age: 21, credited to Monkton, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF, VRC
Service: enl 8/13/62, m/i 9/1/62, PVT, Co. B, 11th VT INF, lost his 1st, 3rd and 4th fingers of his left hand by his own gun discharging while loading on 12/15/62, Ft Lincoln, tr to VRC 3/15/65 (F, 9th VRC, Unassigned Det. VRC, 187th Co. 1 Btln VRC), m/o 6/24/65

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Birth: 05/28/1840, New Haven, VT
Death: 06/10/1911

Burial: Village Cemetery, Hinesburg, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Boudreau
Findagrave Memorial #: 73440295


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 2/21/1888, VT; widow Amy, 7/6/1911, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: VT
(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: None

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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Village Cemetery, Hinesburg, VT

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Alexander Freeman Died After An Altercation


Superintendent Hannon Promptly Notified States Attorney and Autopsy Will be Made

Alexander Freeman, aged 70, a veteran inmate of the Soldiers' Home, died in the hospital there this morning at 7:30 under circumstances that are to be thoroughly investigated. Superintendent Thomas Hannon promptly notified State's Attorney W.J. Meagher and is giving him all the assistance possible in getting at the truth in the matter.

State's Attorney Meagher went at once to the home and secured the statements of those having any knowledge of the matter and Dr. B. H. Stone, pathologist of the state laboratory of hygiene at Burlington, will arrive this afternoon on the flyer to perform an autopsy on the body of the deceased. Two members of the board of trustees of the home, Col. Hugh Henry of Chester, president of the board, and Col. J.H. Goulding of Wilmington were present when the affair occurred.

The circumstances of the case are as follows: Mr. Freeman got into an altercation with Henry G. Camp, also an inmate at the home, yesterday afternoon and the two men came to blows, as a result of Freeman calling Camp a ------- -------- liar. Freeman was a large and powerful man and could easily have handled Camp. He was in fact getting the best of it when Herbert Barden, also an inmate of the home and who has an appointment as special policeman, arrived on the scene and got between the two men. In trying to separate them, all three fell to the floor in the corridor adjoining the smoking room.

In a minute or two the trouble seemed all over and Mr. Barden returned to some work he was doing in another room, but in a few minutes Freeman again approached Camp and is said to have struck him. Mr. Barden heard the row and again rushed to interfere. In the melee all three were again on the floor and some blows were struck, Several men were near by but none of them were able bodied enough to assist. After a minute however, the struggle was stopped but Freeman was unable to get up and had to be assisted in a chair.

Word was carried to Superintendent Hannon and he and Col. Henry came at once to the scene. Col. Henry asked Freeman if he was hurt and Freeman complained that his right leg was injured so that he could not raise it. The superintendent had him removed at once to the hospital and Dr. Ross summoned. The doctor found no serious injury but the patient was weak though his condition did not excite alarm.

This morning at about 6 o'clock the night nurse at the hospital noticed that Freeman's condition had changed for the worse and the doctor was again summoned but the patient was beyond help and died at 7:30. State's Attorney Meagher was at once notified by Col. Hannon and arrived a few moments later and began his investigation.

Mr. Freeman was a man of nervous and irritable disposition and with ill health and advance of years gradually grew worse. Mr. Camp is also of a nervous excitable makeup and this probably accounts for the beginning of the trouble. The two men were on the porch when the argument started but stepped into the corridor before Mr. Barden's arrival.

Mr. Freeman was admitted to the home from Hinesburg four years ago. He leaves a wife and grown children. His son is expected tomorrow to take home the body.


Death of Veteran at Soldiers' Home Being Investigated


Autopsy Made by Dr. B. H. Stone of Burlington Who Will Appear Before Grand Jury

The case of Alexander Freeman, the 70 year old veteran who died at the Vermont Soldiers' home Saturday morning under circumstances that apparently warranted an investigation, was taken before the grand jury at Manchester this morning by State's Attorney W.J. Meagher.

Freeman and another inmate of the home, Henry G. Camp, who entered the institution from Bennington, had an altercation Friday afternoon in which blows were struck and in which three men, one Herbert Barden, the special patrolman at the home who attempted to separate the combatants, were all thrown to the floor. Freeman was unable to rise and was taken to the hospital. He appeared to be in a highly nervous state after being placed in bed, but his condition was not considered at all serious until Saturday morning. Then the home surgeon, Dr. L. H. Ross, was called for the second time and the man was found to be on the verge of a collapse. He died early in the forenoon.

Superintendent Hannon at once communicated with State's Attorney W.J. Meagher who made an investigation and then telephoned to Dr. B.H. Stone, the pathologist at the state laboratory at Burlington. Dr. Stone arrived here on the afternoon train Saturday and held an autopsy. No information regarding the autopsy can be given to the public.

Dr. Stone returned to Burlington on Saturday evening, and State's Attorney Meagher at once made arrangements to take the case before the grand jury. The witnesses, over a dozen, were subpoenaed and went this morning to Manchester. It had been arranged that Dr. Stone should appear before the grand jury as a witness.

Freeman enlisted in Company B, 11th regiment from the town of Monkton in August 1862 and was discharged in June 1865. He was admitted to the home from Hinesburg.

Camp enlisted in Company A, of the 4th regiment from Pownal. He was admitted to the home from Bennington.

Sources: Bennington Banner, June 10-11, 1911; contributed by Tom Boudreau