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Holmes, Wallace W.


Age: 19, credited to Burlington, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF
Service: enl 8/24/61, m/i 9/16/61, CPL, Co. I, 5th VT INF, wdd, Savage's Station, dis/dsb 10/24/62

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Birth: 1843, St. Albans, VT
Death: 02/04/1893

Burial: St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket, RI
Marker/Plot: Section 41 Plot #175
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/3/1879; minor, 8/3/1893, RI
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: Died in Springfield, MA, cause of death - 'execution by hanging' apparently killed his wife. Inscription is on the back side of the grave marker for Terrence Gorman.


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Saint Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket, RI

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Wallace Holmes

La Porte City Progress (La Porte City, Iowa)
11 Feb 1893

A Wife-Murderer Hanged - Wallace Holmes Pays the Extreme Penalty for a Particularly Atrocious Crime

Springfield, Mass., Feb. 4 - Wallace Holmes, the wife-murderer, was hanged at 10:25 this morning. The crime for which Holmes paid the penalty has been regarded as particularly atrocious. On Election Day in November, 1891, the body of his wife, who had been missing two months, was found in the cellar of his house on a lonely road near the outskirts of Chicopee.

According to the testimony of his 9 year old son Harry, Holmes became incensed at his wife early one morning over some trivial matter. In a rage he dragged her out of bed and beat her until she became unconscious. Believing her to be dead he dragged the body to the cellar and buried it in a shallow grave. At the post mortem examination of the body sand was discovered in the lungs, indicating, the surgeon said, that she had been buried alive.

When the neighbors made inquired [sic] as to what had become of his wife Holmes told them that she had eloped with a former admirer. But as he had often made threats against her life the neighbors became suspicious and on instituting a search found the body buried in the cellar. He was then arrested and in the following June tried and convicted. The case was appealed to the Supreme Court, which sustained the finding of the lower court. The death sentence was pronounced Oct. 28. Since then Holmes has admitted his guilt. He was born at St. Albans, Vt., and served in the Fifth Vermont Infantry in the war.

Contributed by Erik Hinckley.