Individual Record -- Holton, Edward A.
Age: 25, credited to Williston, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 6th VT INF
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, Pvt, Co. H, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; enl 8/28/61, m/i 10/15/61, 1SGT, Co. I, 6th VT INF, pr 2LT, 1/18/62 (1/18/62), pr 1LT, 6/5/63 (6/20/63), pr CPT, Co. F, 5/15/64 (5/27/64), wdd, Wilderness, 5/5/64, dis/wds, 8/17/64 (Medal of Honor)
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Birth: 01/02/1841, Westminster, VT
Burial: Old Westminster Cemetery, Westminster, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 7891996
Alias?: None noted
Portrait?: Gibson Collection
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 Berardston, MA
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Old Westminster Cemetery, Westminster, VT
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This soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor
Edward A. Holton
Rank and Organization: First Sergeant, Co. I, 6th Vermont Infantry.
Place and date: Lees Mills, VA, 16 Apr 1862.
Entered service at: Williston.
Born: 28 Aug 1835, Westminster.
Died: 29 Jan 1906, Bernardston, Mass.
Buried: Old Cemetery, Westminster, VT
Date of Issue: 9 Jul 1892.
Citation: Rescued the colors of his regiment under heavy fire, the color bearer having been shot down while the troops were in retreat.
(Contributed by George Parsons)
NARA File Number: H-1327-VS-1864.
Family passdown: Later he was given a battlefield commission, probably because of his heroism at Lee's Mill. As a Captain he fought again at the Battle of the Wilderness alongside his brother David. During the battle, David Holten was killed, having his head shot off by a cannon ball. His body reportedly slumped against Edward who, because he was firing back at the Confederate troops at the time, did not notice and shrugged the body off onto the ground. Only after the fighting did one of Edwards soldiers report to him that the weight that had fallen against him during the fighting had been his own brother. (contributed by David Abram, Washington, D.C.).
The Story of American Heroism
The body of Edward Holton, only brother of Joel Holton, was brought here Wednesday for burial in the family lot in ther old cemetery. Mr. Holton lived with his son, Dr. Charles Holton, in Bernardston, Mass. He was the son of Erastus and Hannah May Holton and was born in this town 71 years ago in the house now owned by W. S.Fenn. He was a veteran of the civil war, with a record of honor. Besides his son, Dr. Charles Holton, he leaves a daughter, wife of Dr. Cram of Colrain, Mass., and a brother Joel. Rev. Mr. Whitcomb officiated at the burial service.
Vermont Phoenix, Feb. 2, 1906
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.