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Saint Peter, Joseph
Age: 45, credited to Mendon, VT
Unit(s): 7th VT INF
Service: enl 1/20/62, m/i 2/12/62, Pvt, Co. D, 7th VT INF, reen 2/20/64, m/o 11/22/62
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Birth: 03/16/1812, Paris, France
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 32686787
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT
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Joseph St. Peters
OLDEST VERMONT VETERAN
Joseph St. Peters Who Was Admitted to the
Soldiers' Home This Week
Joseph St. Peters, who was admitted to the Soldiers' home from Rutland this week and who is 92 years of age, was born in Paris and lived in that city until he was 14 years of age when with his parents he came to Montreal. In addition to being the oldest veteran of the civil war ever admitted to the home, he is the oldest survivor of the civil war residing in Vermont if not the New England. When the rebellion broke out, St. Peters came to Rutland and enlisted in Company D, 7th regiment, Vermont volunteers.
From the time of his enlistment, June 20, 1862 until his discharge, he did not lose a day's duty and army life agreed with him so far that on the day of his discharge, February 20, 1864, he re-enlisted in the same company.
In the last two years of his service, he continued his record and when Uncle Sam mustered him out in 1866, he had not lost a day and enjoyed the best of health. Mr. St. Peters participated in a number of engagements including Baton Rouge, Vicksburg, Conzella's station and the siege of Mobile. His company was stationed for some time at Fort Pike, Miss., and saw hard service at that place.
The mental activities of the veteran are barely impaired by his advanced age and the hard service he saw during the war and the hard work since then, and he thinks he has yet many years to live.
OLDEST VETERAN DEAD
Joseph St. Peter Who Enlisted When
50 and Danced Jig at 95
Rutland, Dec. 24. ? Joseph St. Peter, the oldest survivor of the Civil War living in Vermont, died at his home here yesterday afternoon of senile debility, aged 96 years and nine months. He was one of 27 survivors of the 7th regiment who attended a reunion here in February, 1907, and although then nearing his 95th birthday he danced a jig for the entertainment of his comrades.
Mr. St. Peter was native of France and passed his young manhood in the Canadian lumber camps and had lived in Rutland for 65 years. He enlisted in Company D, 7th Vermont volunteers, after he had reached the half century mark and served four years, mostly under General Butler. He had a narrow escape at Baton Rouge, a bullet passing through his hat and clipping off a lock of hair.
He was the last of a family of six children and was father of 14 children six of whom survive him. He was married the second time two years ago.
Source: Bennington Banner, June 30, 1908, December 24, 1908; contributed by Tom Boudreau
Rutland Daily Herald, Dec. 24, 1908:
Joseph St. Peter, who is said to be the oldest Grand Army veteran in this city, died yesterday afternoon at 1.30 o'clock at his home on River street. Death was caused by gangrene, from which he had suffered for some time past.
He was born March 16, 1812, in Paris, France, and came to this country when a young man. When he was 50 years of age he enlisted in company D, 7th Vermont regiment and served for four years, a large part of the time being in the South under Gen. Butler.
He had been married three times, the last time being about a year ago to Mrs. Cecilia Hare. He is survived by four children, 20 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held Saturday.
Contributed by Jennifer Snoots.