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Green, Thomas H.


Age: 0, credited to Leicester, VT
Unit(s): 41st USCI
Service: 41st USCI

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Birth: 1837, Unknown
Death: 05/22/1905

Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 10498596


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 7/31/1890, VT
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: Restored gravestone photo courtesy of Deborah Hardy and Jim Woodman.


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Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, VT

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For Many Years a Familiar Figure on Burlington Streets

The death yesterday morning of Thomas Green, for a decade a well-known figure in Burlington, removes one who had in early life an adventurous career and one whose passing recalls antebellum days when slavery was a reality. Mr. Green was taken ill with typhoid pneumonia last November and was in a serious condition at the Mary Fletcher hospital for several weeks. He had been boarding for the past few weeks with Mrs. Maria Smith at 32 Peru street. A week ago today he made a trip down town, contracting a cold which brought a relapse of the former sickness and terminated in death at 11:30 o'clock yesterday morning.

Mr. Green was probably about 60 years of age. Born a slave on a Virginia plantation, at the age of five years he was sold into a New Orleans slave market, from which he was purchased by a Parisian Frenchman, M. Des Marais, a man of great wealth and influence. M. Des Marais maintained a magnificent estate in New Orleans, where many notable people were entertained and not one of the 500 slaves there was permitted to speak in any language save French. The slave lad became M. Des Marais's valet and accompanied his master on three trips to Paris. It was during these days that Mr. Green mastered the French language which he was able to speak with great ease and fluency ever after.

The vicissitudes of the Civil War brought reverses to the fortunes of M. Des Marais, who was obliged to leave New Orleans. Green, with a pair of his master's horses, made his way into a union camp, where he became a body servant to a Northern officer. He later came north with this officer and to Vermont where in 18864 he enlisted in the Union forces at Leicester Junction. He was immediately transferred to the 54th Massachusetts regiment and remained with that organization till the close of the war.

Several years after the war ended, Mr. Green or "Tommy," as he was known to everyone, came again to Vermont and lived in Brandon, Leicester Junction and Burlington. In this city he was employed by various societies and individuals as a general utility man. He was painstaking and obliging and was a general favorite. He was a member of the Grand Army post at Brandon, and was always in the procession on G. A. R. Occasions. Mr. Green's religious life, as well as his secular life, was one of changes. He was originally a Baptist, but during the period of his service to M. Des Marais he was a Catholic, subsequently returning to the church of his early days, of which he was in this city quite a regular attendant.

Mr. Green's wife died several years ago and he is survived by a married daughter and a brother, both of whom reside in Union Level, Va.

Source: Burlington Free Press, May 23, 1905.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.