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McGinnis, Matthew


Age: 22, credited to Wallingford, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF, VRC
Service: enl 8/20/61, m/i 9/16/61, CPL, Co. E, 5th VT INF, wdd, Savage's Station, 6/29/62, pow, Savage's Station, 6/29/62, prld 7/25/62, dis/wds, 11/4/62; enl 6/13/64, m/o 11/15/65 from Co. E, 13th RGT VRC

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Birth: 04/05/1839, County Meath, Ireland
Death: 04/20/1914

Burial: St. Patricks Cemetery, Wallingford, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan

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


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
Portrait?: Unknown
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: His name is on the bronze plaque at library entrance first volunteer from Wallingford VT


granduncle of Mary McGinniss Santry, Weymouth, MA

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St. Patrick Cemetery, Wallingford, VT

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Matthew McGuinness, formerly of Wallingford, who has a number of relatives living in this city, died Monday at Hinsdale, N.H. He was 75 years old and had been in poor health for sometime. Three weeks ago he fell, breaking one of his hips and since the accident failed rapidly.

When the Civil war broke out Mr. McGinness was said to be the first man to enlist from the town of Wallingford, serving with Co. E., 5th Vermont. He was badly wounded at Savage Station and was taken prisoner at that time. Three months later he was exchanged and afterward enlisted in the invalid corps at Boston.

He is survived by a daughter, Miss Minnie McGinness, with whom he lived, a son, Paul of Hinsdale and a brother, James McGinness of North Walpole, N.H. The funeral will be held at Hinsdale this morning and the body will be taken to Wallingford this afternoon on the train leaving Rutland at 6:30 o'clock.

Source: Rutland Daily Herald, Apr. 22, 1914:
Courtesy of Jennifer Snoots.

Webmaster's note: He was listed in the 1900 Census as an inmate at the Bennington Soldiers' Home.