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McDonald, John

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 25, credited to Waterford, VT
Unit(s): 3rd VT INF
Service: enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. G, 3rd VT INF, m/o 7/27/64

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VITALS

Birth: 1832, County Dublin, Ireland
Death: 10/07/1914

Burial: Mount Calvary Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT
Marker/Plot: GF16a
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 119769069

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/21/1881, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None

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Mount Calvary Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT

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Obituary

Capt. John McDonald, for many years one of the most interesting and well-known characters of the place, passed away on Wednesday after seven weeks of painful illness. During the last years of his life he was tenderly cared for by Dr. and Mrs. R. M. McSweeney, who, as far as is possible, made up to him for the relatives whom he did not possess. His life was a long and eventful one and his native Irish wit added to this made him an amusing speaker. In town meetings and at all patriotic gatherings his voice was sure to be heard and many of his witticisms have become so familiar that the younger generation scarcely realizes their source. His erect carriage, determined expression and fiery eye revealed the spirit of the soldier. Born in Dublin in 1832 his parents died in his early life and his boyhood was one of hardship. At the age of 20, entirely against his will, he enlisted in the British army. When he realized what he had been forced to do while in a drugged condition he gave his guards such a fight for his escape that Lord Raglan, an old Waterloo general who witnessed the hand-to-hand encounter, remarked that "a man's place who could fight like that was in the English army." For three years he fought in the Crimean war, at Constantinople, Balaklava and Inkerman. At Sebastopol he received a flesh wound and witnessed the burning of the city, one of the most fearful sights of his life. In the spring of 1856 his regiment was sent to Quebec and he spent three years in Canada. He came to Vermont in 1859 and worked on farms until the call for troops was issued by Gov. Erastus Fairbanks. At that time Mr. McDonald was working in Waterford and Gov. Fairbanks sent for him saying "that a man who ha fought in the Crimean war was just the man Vermont needed." He belonged to the famous Third Vermont and served in the 6th Corps in the arm of the Potomac, being in every battle. After the war he was employed for 30 years by E. & T. Fairbanks & Co. His wife, who was Mary Fitzgerald died Feb. 24, 1913. Earl in life he was converted to the Roman Catholic faith and was one of the most loyal members of the church here, of Notre Dame until an English speaking church was started, and since then of St. Aloysius church. Only last summer he gave an expensive statue to the church which was his first interest in life. He was also intensely interested in Chamberlin Post, G.A.R., and all its affairs and when health permitted attended all its meetings. The Post, Chamberlin Women's Relief Corps and Sheridan Council, Knights of Columbus attended in a body the funeral which was from St. Aloysius church Friday morning, Rev. J. W. Dwyer officiating. The bearers were James Flanagan, Conrad Beck, William Welch and David Frechette.

Source: St. Johnsbury Caledonian, 14 Oct 1914
Courtesy of Deborah Light.