Kelton, William A.
Age: 18, credited to Worcester, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT INF
Service: enl 10/10/61, m/i 10/24/61, Pvt, Co. F, 2nd VT INF, kia, Wilderness, 5/5/64
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Birth: 1843, Montpelier, VT
Burial: Worcester Village Cemetery, Worcester, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 70717575
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 11/3/1865; widow Irene B., 6/21/1901, VT
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)
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Village Cemetery, Worcester, VT
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In Virginia, May 5th, in the battle of the Wilderness, Willie A., son of Kneeland and Caroline Kelton, of Worcester, Vt., aged 19 years and 5 months.
The deceased was a soldier in Co. F, 2nd Regiment Vermont Volunteers. In the fall of 1861 feeling inspired with love for his country, he volunteered in its defense. He joined the regiment immediately after his enlistment, and has ever been one of its worthiest members. He participated in every engagement which the regiment was in, until the battle of the Wilderness, when he received a minnie ball in the neck which caused instant death. He being the first in his company to fall, and the first man killed in a real engagement from the town in which he enlisted.
He ever proved himself a bold and gallant soldier – always at his post when duty called. One of the first leaders of the regiment, in speaking of himn said, "He is one of my best men, I love him he's so brave."
His manly form, and cheerful voice, will be seen and heard no more in the ranks of his company. May his afflicted parents find some consolation in the thought that the loss of their loved son, in the few years that remain in them here, is his infinite gain.
Source: Green Mountain Freeman, July 19, 1864
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.