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Hathorn, Ransom E.


Age: 18, credited to Londonderry, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 8/11/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. G, 11th VT INF, wdd, Petersburg, 4/2/65, m/o 6/24/65

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Birth: 11/03/1843, Londonderry, VT
Death: 01/09/1931

Burial: Pleasant View Cemetery, Ludlow, VT
Marker/Plot: Section 7
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 100066425


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 11/4/1871
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: 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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Pleasant View Cemetery, Ludlow, VT

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Ransom E. Hathorn

The Vermont Journal
Friday, January 16, 1931

Through a village covered by the dazzling whiteness of new-fallen snow, snow whose drifting flakes clung to the folds of the flags which led the cortege escorting him to his last resting-place, the body of Col. Ransom E. Hathorn was carried to the cemetery on the hill beyond Ludlow, Monday afternoon. The stores of the village closed during the funeral services and Col. Hathorn's fellow- townsmen filled to overflowing the house where he had lived for many years, to say farewell and to do honor to one, who has long been one of Ludlow's most respected and loved citizens.

Funeral services at the house were conducted by the Rev. John Reardon of Boston, a former pastor of the universalist church here, and a friend of many years standing. He referred in his eulogy to this friendship, recalling that Col. Hathorn was the first man to meet him when he came to his Ludlow pastorate 40 years ago, and paid eloquent tribute to the esteem in which the Colonel was held by all who knew him, his long years in public service and his splendid military record and love for the Grand Army, and for his Country.

After prayer and benediction, the many beautiful flowers were carried from the house, and the flag-draped casket was placed in the waiting hearse, and the procession started its slow journey to the cemetery.

The procession was led by the flags of the Grand Army Post, Ballard Hobart Post, American Legion of Cavendish, with a color guard from Company B, Vermont National Guard. Company B, Commanded by Captain Alfred Catozzi, was next in line, preceding Chaplain Carl Lawrence, of the Legion Post, and the bugler. The pall bearers, Patrick Nealon, Augustus Nardini, William Lamere, and Henry Vail, followed, with the honorary pall bearers, E. C. Ford, George Raymond, Herbert Walker and Jay Brown, all members of the Masonic Order.

Immediately before the hearse rode George Petty, one of the three surviving comrades of O. O. Howard Post, G.A.R. Following the hearse were cars containing relatives, the two local posts of the American Legion and the members of the Black River Lodge of Masons.

At the grave the brief ceremonies prescribed by military usage were carried out. Chaplain Lawrence read the sentences of committal as used by the American Legion. Three volleys were fired over the grave, and a bugler blew the sad notes of "taps," echoed by another on the hill beyond.

So the Colonel's friends and neighbors came away and left him alone with the Stars and Stripes at his head.

Col. Hathorn was born Nov. 3, 1843, in Londonderry, the son of Eleazer and Lydia (Foster) Hathorn, a member of an old family of this state. He was the oldest child of this union. He was educated in the public schools of his native town and worked with his father in the trade of harness-making, until Aug. 11, 1862, when he enlisted as a private in Company G. 11th regiment Vermont Volunteers in the infantry. For one year he served in the defense of Washington, and for two years in the army of the Potomac, and so was for three years continuously on duty.

During the latter period of his service, he belonged to the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 6th corps, Army of the Potomac, at Spottsylvania where they participated in the battles of May 15 and 18, 1864. Among other engagements in which Col. Hathorn figured were those of Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Weldon Railroad, Fort Stevens, Charlestown, Gilbert's Ford, Opequan, Fishers Hill, and Cedar Creek. He was slightly wounded in the engagement at Petersburg. At the close of the war he was honorably discharged with his regiment, being then only 21 years old. In August 1865, he came to Ludlow where he entered the employ of George E. Walker in the harness business. In 1877 he was admitted to the firm and the business was conducted under the name of Walker & Hathorn. After Walker's death, Col. Hathorn conducted the firm until his retirement in 1915. He was the leading collar-maker in this section of New England. Col. Hathorn served the village of Ludlow as electric light commissioner and as a member of the board of trustees. At the last election he was elected a justice of the peace for the 30th consecutive time. He had been deputy collector of internal revenue, and during the administration of President Harrison he served Windsor county as senator in the Vermont Legislature. In 1886, he served on the staff of Gov. E. J. Ormsbee with the rank of colonel.

He had also been vice president of the Vermont Officers Reunion society and a member of O. O. Howard post, G.A.R. which he represented at state encampments for many years. He was commander for five terms and quartermaster at the time of his death. He was also state commander. At his death the only surviving members of the post are E. A. Hall and George A. Petty of Ludlow and John Pierce of Plymouth Union. He was a member of Black River lodge of Masons, Okemo chapter Royal Arch Masons of Ludlow and Vermont Commandery, Knights Templar, of Windsor and Cairo temple of Shriners of Rutland. He was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star of this town. He was a member of the Universalist church here and also trustee of the church at the time of his death. Col. Hathorn married for his first wife in 1868, Jennie Ward who died in 1871, leaving one son William Ward Hathorn. His second wife was Clara Wright whom he married Jan. 13, 1875. Mrs. Hathorn died about 15 years ago. He is survived by two nieces, Clara and Gladys Fisher and one nephew, Stanley Fisher of Manchester; Mr. and Mrs. William H. Butler, Cavendish; Clark H. and Bryant Pollard, Proctorsville; Mr. and Mrs. T. Mason, Concord, Mass., Clarence A. Clark, Gardiner, Mass., Mrs. J. B. Reardon, Boston and Mr. and Mrs. A. Holden and Miss Lucy Holden Pittsford.

Contributed by Cathy Hoyt.