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Baldwin, Alger Jones

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 20, credited to Craftsbury, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF, 56th MA INF
Service: enl 8/19/61, m/i 9/16/61, CPL, Co. D, 5th VT INF, dis/dsb 11/21/62; enl, Brighton, MA, 2/29/64, m/i, Pvt, Co. I, 56th MA INF, 3/10/64, dis/dsb, 2/28/65

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VITALS

Birth: 10/01/1840, Wolcott, VT
Death: 12/20/1925

Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, Barre, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Monica White
Findagrave Memorial #: 95550638

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 11/20/1862, VT; widow Mary E., 1/7/1926, VT
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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Tombstone

Elmwood Cemetery, Barre, VT

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Obituary

EARLY VOLUNTEER IN CIVIL WAR IS DEAD
A. J. Baldwin, Aged 85, a Well-Known Citizen, Passed Away Yesterday

Alger Jones Baldwin, Civil war veteran and long time resident of this city, passed away yesterday afternoon about 4 o'clock at his home (8) Washington street. He had been complaining of a pain in his chest for a day or two before his demise but his attack was rather unexpected. It was attributed to a shock brought on by advanced age.

The deceased was born in the town of Orange on Nov. 1, 1840, and his early life was passed in that town. Later the family removed to Craftsbury and then to Wolcott, where they purchased a farm. Mr. Baldwin took up the carpenter's trade there and later operated a lumber mill. A considerable portion of his life he passed at farming.

As a young man he married and had two sons, William and Charles, both of whom passed away a number of years ago. His first wife passed away about 25 years ago and he married again in 1904 Mary E. Beckley of this city. Mr. Baldwin passed forty years of his life in this city where he was a well-known and respected citizen. He was a man known by his friends for sterling integrity and a strictly temperate life.

When the Civil war broke out, Mr. Baldwin was one of the first to answer the call to the colors. He enlisted in Morrisville with company D of the first regiment of the fifth Vermont volunteers as a private under captain Reuben C. Benton on Aug. 19, 1861, and was mustered into service at St. Albans Sept. 16, 1861. The regiment was sent into camp at Langley, Va., and later took part in the peninsular campaign and the battles of Lee's Mills, Va., Savage Station, Compton's Gap and Antietam. He was honorably discharged in 1862 through having heart trouble.

Mr. Baldwin was not satisfied to be out of the fight, however, and after several unsuccessful attempts to again join the service, he went to Massachusetts and managed to join the 56th Massachusetts being in company I, under Captain J. Albert Pratt. He was ordered to Annapolis, Md., and then went into the battles of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, Bethesda Church, Weldon Railroad and the capture of St. Petersburg. In March of '64 he was promoted to the rank of corporal and he held that rank when discharged from the service of July 22, 1865.

For a number of years Mr. Baldwin has been chaplain of the R. B. Crandall post, No. 56, of the G.A.R. here. Several times he was asked to take the office of commander but declined on account of his deafness.

Besides his wife, the deceased veteran leaves one brother, Henry, of Lakemont, N.Y., and a sister, Mrs. Abbie Smith of Burlington.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home and Rev. W. T. Best of the Methodist church, of which he was a member and regular attendant when weather permitted, will officiate.

Source: Barre Daily Times, December 21, 1925
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.