Age: 24, credited to Middlesex, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF
Service: enl 12/16/61, m/i 2/18/62, Pvt, Co. E, 8th VT INF, Pvt, Co. E, 8th VT INF, m/o 10/16/62
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Birth: 08/08/1838, Saint-Sylvestre, Canada East
Burial: Veterans Home Cemetery, Bennington, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Boudreau
Findagrave Memorial #: 25590190
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 2/26/1887; widow Mary J., 6/15/1906, not approved
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: VT
(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: Died at Bennington Soldiers' Home
Great Grandfather of Shanon Chaput, Grantham,NH
Great Grandfather of Tina Laforest, Orange, VT
Great Grandfather of Cecil Ronald Shontell, Kennewick, WA
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Veterans Home Cemetery, Bennington, VT
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Benj. Shontell Dead
Aged Veteran Died Yesterday at the Soldier's Home Hospital.
Benjamin Shontell died at the Soldier's home hospital yesterday after suffering a long time from an incurable disease. He was 68 years of age and admitted to the home from Elmore in 1895. He served in the rebellion in Co E 8th Vt volunteers.
His is death 185 at the home. His funeral will be held from the church of the Sacred Heart with high mass at 9a.m. Friday Burial will be in the home cemetery.
Funeral of Benj. Shontell
Held from the Sacred Heart Church this morning
The funeral of Benjamin Shontell, who died in the Soldier's home hospital Monday was held from the Church of the Sacred Heart this morning. Rev. C.E. Prevost officiating. Quite a number of comrades from the home were present. The burial was in the home cemetery and prior to it Fr. Prevost blessed the ground according to the last wish of the deceased.
Sources: Bennington Evening Banner, 4 January 1906 and 5 January 1906; articles and photographs contributed by Shanon Chaput
Fri. Jan. 5,1906
FUNERAL OF BENJ. SHONTELL
Held From Sacred Heart Church This Morning.
The funeral of Benjamin Shontell, who died in the Soldiers' home hospital Monday was held from the church of the Sacred Heart this morning. Quite a number of comrades from the home were present. The burial was in the home cemetery and prior to it Fr. Prevost blessed the ground according the last wish of the deceased.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.
8th Vermont Infantry Regimental History
Mrs. Esther Shontell, of this town, sent seven sons to the army in this war. William, who measured 6 feet, 8 inches in height; Benjamin, 6 feet, 4 inches; Frederick, 6 feet, 3 inches; Leander 5 feet 9 inches; Louis 6 feet 1 inch; Joseph, 6 feet, 7 inches; Augustus, 6 feet. Two of the brothers were killed; and the mother draws a pension for one of them. Another left a widow, and two are pensioned on account of wounds.
"O, the strong Middlesex boys
Were mad for this war!
And the name of each hero
To the ages afar
Shall leave a track like a comet---
Each shine as a star.
Hemenway's Historical Gazetteer, 1882, iv:247
Submitted By: Deanna French.
There were four brothers in the regiment by the name of Shontell, all six-footers, and brave soldiers. One of them died of disease while in the service ; William is chief of police in the city of Brainard, Minn., and Xenophon Udall is a clergyman in Loyalton, Dak.
Source: 8th Vermont Infantry Regimental History off-site page 262