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Marsh, Zelora

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 18, credited to Westfield, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 8/5/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. D, 11th VT INF, pr CPL 1/23/65, wdd, 5/21/64, m/o 6/24/65

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VITALS

Birth: 12/24/1847, Jay, VT
Death: 09/22/1939

Burial: Westlook Cemetery, Glover, VT
Marker/Plot: 50
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Don Lawton
Findagrave Memorial #: 101836190

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 12/26/1885
Portrait?: Troiani Collection
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: Brother of Walter Marsh

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


DESCENDANTS

Great Grandfather of Don Lawton, Lynn, MA

2nd Great Grandfather of Sarah Damsell, Westmore, VT

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BURIAL:

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Tombstone

Westlook Cemetery, Glover, VT

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Sharpshooters

Tilson Album (courtesy of Don Troiani)

1938 Reunion at Gettysburg
National Park Service Photograph

Zelora Marsh

The Vermont Journal, June 9, 1938

Zelora Marsh, a Civil War veteran, and father of Mrs. C. L. Erwin, has been invited to attend the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg to be held June 29 to July 6 at Gettysburg. Mr. Marsh, who is 90 years of age, was born in Troy, Vt., and at the age of 14 enlisted in Co. D, 11th Vermont Volunteers and served three years in the Civil War engaging in several important battles. The past two Memorial Days in Ludlow he has had the honor of being the only war veteran present at the services and has been honored at the town hall. Mr. Marsh makes his home with his daughter, Mrs. J. B. Renahan, in Nashua, N. H., and often visits his daughter here in town so is well known.

Mr. Marsh's expenses will all be paid as will also C. L. Erwin's, as he will accompany Mr. Marsh. Mrs. Erwin will also go to Gettysburg. Every possible precaution will be taken to safeguard the health and life of the veterans on the trip so their health will not be impaired on so strenuous a journey for many of them. There are 33 Vermont Civil War veterans who plan to attend. Harry Powers of Lyndonville is the state commander. The Federal government has appropriated $900,000 to finance the celebration, and of the 12,000 living veterans, it is expected there will be around 2500 in attendance. Mr. Marsh and the Erwin's plan to leave here by June 26.

Contributed by Cathy Hoyt.

Webmaster's note: see the footnotes to the Wikipedia article on the reunion for a number of interesting stories about the reunion.

Obituary

ZELORA MARSH Zelora Marsh, 92, was killed early Thursday at Nashua, N. H., when he fell accidentally from his second-floor bedroom window. Zelora Marsh was born in Jay on December 24, 1847, married Miss Elizabeth Rogers of Franklin on July, 26, 1873, enlisted in Co. D, 11th Vermont Volunteers and served in the Civil War, returned to his native state and had lived in Orleans county most of his life. At the time of his death he was living with his youngest daughter, Mrs. J. B. Renihan, in Nashua. Other children are: Carmi, of Cambridge, Mass.; Harley, of Barton; Arthur, of Colchester; Alton, of Springfield, Mass; Mrs. C. L. Erwin of Ludlow, and Mrs. B. R. Sherburne of Glover. Fourteen grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren also survive. Mrs. Marsh died in November, 1919, and is buried in Glover where the body of Mr. Marsh was brought and interred beside the remains of his wife. Funeral services were held at Glover Community Church, Sunday, September 24, Rev. John Starie officiating. A large number of friends and relatives were present and the floral display was most beautiful. Earl Sisco, a nephew of the deceased from Colebrook, N. H., sang most effectively, "No Burdens Yonder" and "Lead Kindly Light", Mrs. Starie at the organ. Charles A. Heyer of St. Johnsbury, the only remaining Civil War veteran in the state, was present also members of W. R. C. From Glover and Newport, and members of the American Legion of Barton, who paid last military honors to the "Boy in Blue" at the grave. Those present from away were Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Marsh, Cambridge, Mass.; Harlie Marsh, Barton; Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Erwin, Ludlow; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Marsh, Colchester; Alton Marsh and daughter, Gwendolyn, Springfield, Mass.; Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Renihan and daughters, Nashua, N. H.; Earl Sisco, Miss Barbara Sisco, John Sisco and Mrs. Flora Stevens, Colebrook, N. H.; Mrs. Ella Marsh, North Troy; Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Erwin, Montpelier; Mr. and Mrs. Harris Marsh and Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Raymond, Springfield, Mass.; M. M. Burleson, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Burleson and daughters, Bakersfield; Mrs. Mary Demar and Miss Katherine Rogers, Burlington; Mrs. Wallace Learned, Cambridge; Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Sinclair, Carroll Davis, Mrs. Kate Renihan, and M. L. Renihan, Newport; Mr. and Mrs. Winfield Mosher and Miss Nettie LeCoy, West Burke; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rogers, West Glover; Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Buckley, Mrs. E. C. Wilkie, James, John and Frank Labounty of Barton and S. N. Clark of Passumpsic. Mr. Marsh had enjoyed unusually fine health for one of his age, attended the State G. A. R. Meeting in Barre last June and was made an officer of the organization. He made his annual visit this summer to his daughter in Glover and attended the Orleans County Fair. His many friends and acquaintances in the county mourn his passing. Mr. Marsh took a keen interest in affairs of the day, was well read, and always had a friendly word for all with whom he came in contact.

Source: Orleans County Monitor, September 27, 1939.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.