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Sanborn, Alanson L.


Age: 29, credited to Thetford, VT
Unit(s): 1st USCI
Service: USA QM DEPT Employee; comn 2LT, Co. B, 2LT, 1st USCI, 6/12/63, murdered 7/11/63, while drilling his soldiers in Norfolk, VA, by Dr. David M. Wright, a violent secessionist of that city.

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Birth: 1834, Springfield, NH
Death: 07/11/1863

Burial: Evergreen Rest Cemetery, Thetford, VT
Marker/Plot: 5
Gravestone researcher/photographer: R. N. Ward Jr.
Findagrave Memorial #: 134931282


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, mother Mary H. Sanborn, 1/9/1884, not approved
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: According to a descendant "LT Sanborn entered the volunteer service from a pure sense of duty, and it is said that he believed he would never return home; he was willing to give his life for his country and for freedom, and died a martyr's death."
WPA Graves Registration Card indicates that this is a cenotaph.


Great Granduncle of Marshall Van Norden, Thetford, VT

2nd Great Granduncle of Marshall Van Norden, Thetford, VT

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Evergreen Rest Cemetery, Thetford, VT

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Alanson L. Sanborn



Lt. A. L. Sanborn of this state was murdered in Norfolk on the 11th inst. As he was marching a company of colored troops through one of the streets, a prominent citizen and violent secessionist named Dr. David M. Wright, rushed from a store and insulted and abused the lieutenant, applying to him the most opprobrious epithets. The lieutenant halted his company, and walking toward the doctor, said, "I am a United States officer, consider yourself under arrest." The doctor presented a revolver and fired two shots in rapid succession; the first ball passed through the lieutenant's hand, and the second entered the left shoulder, passed through the base of the neck and came out near the right shoulder blade. The lieutenant rushed upon the doctor after the second shot and bore him back into the store, where he sank to the floor, the blood pouring from his mouth and nose, and immediately expired. The colored soldiers with fixed bayonets followed them into the store, but were prevented from wreaking summary vengeance upon Dr. Wright by a Lieut. Col., who seized the doctor as the lieutenant fell. He was handed over to the provost marshal, and a trial was held. The whole testimony showed it to be a most wanton and deliberate murder, and the prisoner was placed in confinement, heavily ironed and under guard, to await the orders of the general commanding.

Courtesy of Deanna French.