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Preston, Philander A.


Age: 27, credited to Middlesex, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 9/21/61, m/i 11/19/61, Pvt, Co. C, 1st VT CAV, wdd, Hagerstown, 7/6/63, reen 12/31/63, pow, Stony Creek, 6/29/64, Andersonville, sent to Florence SC, d/prison 1/20/65

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Birth: 1834, Waterbury, VT
Death: 01/20/1865

Burial: Florence National Cemetery, Florence, SC
Marker/Plot: No_Marker
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)

Cenotaph: Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 76890977


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Jeannette D., 12/2/1865
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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Florence National Cemetery, SC

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Cenotaph in Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT

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Wm. Gordon, of Moretown, of 1st Vermont cavalry, captured on the 29th of June, 1864, has returned home from the rebel prison at Florence, S C, and brings intelligence of the death of his comrade, Philander A. Preston, of Middlesex, about the 20th, of December last, from disease induced by the barbarities of the rebel authorities. Mr. Preston was captured June 29th, 1864. This is the first intelligence the friends of Mr. Preston have received since the 8th of December last.

Source: Vermont Watchman and State Journal, June 2, 1865.


In Florence, S. C., some time in January, or February, 1865, Philander A. Preston, 32 y.

Mr. Preston was a native of Waterbury, Vt. He enlisted in the Vermont Cavalry, Sept. 1St, 1861. He was with his regiment until July 6th, 1863, when he received a wound in the right shoulder at Hagerstown, Md. He was detained in hospital until Dec., and then returned to duty again. In Jan. 1864, he re-enlisted. He was taken prisoner June 27th, at Stony Creek Station, on the Weldon R. R. He was taken to Andersonville, Sept. 10Th, was removed to Charleston, S. C., then to Florence, Oct. 5Th, where he was literally starved to death. He has left a wife and one son to mourn his death; adding another instance to that multitude of widows and orphans, whose hearts are broken for their murdered ones.

Source: Vermont Record, October 28, 1865.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.