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Kimball, George H.

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 18, credited to Stockbridge, VT
Unit(s): 6th VT INF
Service: enl 9/30/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. C, 6th VT INF, absent in Saterlee Hosp., Philadelphia, Jul/Aug 62, dis/dsb 12/13/62, Philadelphia (chr. bronchitis/larygitis)

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VITALS

Birth: 04/23/1843, Stockbridge, VT
Death: 10/04/1927

Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Stockbridge, VT
Marker/Plot: Not found
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 166588746

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 8/23/1886
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

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Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Stockbridge, VT

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We wish to call attention to the record of two of the above mentioned veterans, G.H. Kimball and H. D. Davenport. Concerning the government report which gives Mr. Kimball's death at the battle of Antietam and burial at the Antietam National Cemetery, we wish to state that this is an error and that Mr. Kimball is now very much alive and walking in our midst. When Mr. Kimball first discovered that the government records stated that he was killed he wrote to Adj.-Gen. Thomas Wood asking for his authority. Mr. Wood replied with a government report giving section and number of the grave at Antietam National Cemetery which was marked with Mr. Kimball's name, regiment, company, etc. Adj.-Gen. Wood also remarked that if he (Mr. Kimball) was still roaming the hills of Vermont that he had better take in his headstone.

Mr. Kimball thinks that the error occurred in this way. A few days before the battle of Antietam Mr. Kimball was on sick leave and left the camp at Harrison's Landing. In camp he left his full equipment, with his name stamped on every article. It is thought that some soldier took possession of Mr. Kimball's equipment, and was wearing it the day of the battle of Antietam, the day he was killed.

H. D. Davenport, probably the youngest person to enlist during the Civil war, was born Oct. 6, 1850, in Eden, Vt. His father, Capt.David B. Davenport enlisted from Roxbury Aug. 14, 1861. He took his son to Governor Fairbanks at St. Johnsbury, and had him play the snare drum before the governor. The performance greatly pleased Governor Fairbanks, who patted young Davenport on the shoulder and said, "You can go too; you can beat them all." Then the boy duly enlisted as musician of Co. H, 6th Vt., his father's company, and he served until hs was discharged in November, 1862. The father was wounded in the battle of Lee's Mills in April 1862, and died from the result of the wound six weeks later. His death occurred at the Jackson House in Alexanderia, Va., being the same house in which ColonelEllsworth was shot. the sone was withhis father at the time of his death, and soon rejoined his regiment. Thenhis mother sent for him and he was discharged.

Source: Bethel Courier, November 2, 1916
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.

Obituary

Death of George H. Kimball

George H. Kimball, aged 84 years, born in Stockbridge, April 23, 1843, the sixth child of John Holden Kimball and Katherine (Williams) Kimball, died Oct. 4, in Riverside, Cal., where he had been living with his three daughters for the past few years. Death wa sdue to shock, and his illness was of only a few hours' duration. The remains are expected in Bethel Oct. 11th, and the funeral will be held the 12th or 13th.

George H. Kimball is survived by all of his eight children, viz., Emily C. wife of George Wyman of Massachusetts; Kate O., wife of Walter Webster; Anne E., wife of Walter Newman, and Lizzie O., wife of Charles Hamilton, all of Riverside, Cal.; John S. Kimball, now postmaster in Bethel; Mary E., known here as Mollie, wife of Reuben Whitcomb, of East Walpole, Mass.; Robert H. Kimball, who married Esther Rogers of Bethel, and is now living in Needham Heights, Mass., and George E. Kimball, who married Marion Davis, and is now in charge of the A & P store here.

George H. Kimball attended public school, and then the Civil war broke out. At the age of 18 he enlisted in Co. C, 6th Vt. Vol., from which he was discharged in December, 1862, because of chronic bronchitis. After discha rge he attended the Orange County Grammar school in Randolph Center for awhile, then in 1863 went ot Philadelphia, where he worked for five years with his brother, H.A. Kimball.

From 1868 to 1875 he carried on a grocery business in Randolph, then he went to Gaysville to work another brother, E.B. Kimball, in a general mechandise store. In 1890 he purchased the grocery and meat business of E. A. Bennett, which place he conducted for many years, until it was taken over by his son, John S. Kimball. George H. Kimball was a highly respected citizen, at one time a member of the school board, and during the last years of his life was one of the main workers of Damiel Lillie post, G.A.R., being its last commander.

Source: Bethel Courier, October 6, 1927

Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.