Age: 22, credited to Middlesex, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF
Service: enl 1/10/62, m/i 2/18/62, Pvt, Co. E, 8th VT INF, d/dis 5/16/62
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Birth: 1840, Sherbrooke, Canada East
Burial: Chalmette National Cemetery, Chalmette, LA
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Dan Taylor
Findagrave Memorial #: 25590310
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Emily, 1/21/1863; minor, 11/11/1867
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)
3rd Great Granduncle of Shanon Chaput, Grantham,NH
3rd Great Granduncle of Tina Laforest, Orange, VT
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Chalmette National Cemetery, LA
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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