Redington, Edward Dana
Age: 22, credited to St. Johnsbury, VT
Unit(s): 12th VT INF, USV
Service: enl 8/28/62, m/i 10/4/62, SGTMAJ, 12th VT INF, comn 2LT, Co. I, 1/23/62 (2/24/63), m/o 7/14/63, Apptd. Acting Paymaster (MAJ), USV, 2/23/64, m/o 12/1/65
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Birth: 11/12/1839, Chelsea, VT
Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT
Marker/Plot: No_Marker other than the family headstone
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 172198914
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 11/17/1904, IL
Portrait?: VHS Collections
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 Evanston, IL, buried in Saint Johnsbury, VT. See Benedict's Army Life in Virginia
Great Grandfather of Anthony Redington, Montreal, PQ, Canada
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Edward D. Redington
Redington, Edward Dana, of Evanston, Ill., son of Edward C. and Caroline D. (Stearns) Redington, was born Nov. 12, 1839, at Chelsea.
Mr. Redington was educated in the schools of Chelsea, and at the St. Johnsbury Academy, and graduated with the class of 1861 at Dartmouth College. After graduating, he became a teacher in St. Johnsbury Academy for a year. In the winter of 1863-'64 he served as assistant cashier of the Passumpsic Bank.
From 1862 to the close of 1865 Mr. Redington was actively engaged in the defense of the Union. He enlisted in the 12th Vt. Vols., August 23, 1862, and was sergeant-major to Feb. 23, 1863, and afterwards 2d Lieut. of Co. I until mustered out, July 14, 1863. President Lincoln appointed him additional paymaster U. S. Vols. with the rank of major, Feb. 24, 1864, and he remained on duty with the Army of the Potomac until June 24, 1865, when he was ordered to Springfield, Ill., to pay mustered out troops. He served there until Nov. 30, 1865, and was mustered out at the close of the war. From 1866 to 1871 he was employed by the Kansas Pacific Railway Co. as cashier and paymaster, residing at Wyandotte, Leavenworth, and Lawrence, Kan. From 1871 to 1875 he was engaged in the lumber business in Lawrence, Kan., and from 1875 to 1887 in Chicago, Ill. Since 1888 he has been connected with the Provident Life and Trust Co. of Philadelphia, Pa., in their Chicago agency.
Mr. Redington is a Republican in politics, though while in Kansas he was the Prohibition candidate for mayor of Lawrence in 1873. In the same city he was a member of the school board from 1872 to 1875.
In the G.A.R. Mr. Redington has been prominent, serving as aid on Commander Veazey's staff in 1891. He is a member of the Illinois Commandery, Loyal Legion, of the Western Society of the Army of the Potomac, and of the Sons of the American Revolution. He has been president of the Chicago Alumni Association of Dartmouth College; is president of the Chicago Association Sons of Vermont for 1894, and Jan. 22, 1894, he was elected president of the Chicago Congregational Club for the ensuing year.
Mr. Redington was married twice, his first wife being Mary Ann, daughter of Ephraim and Mary Ann Chamberlain of St. Johnsbury, whom he married Nov. 15, 1864. From this union there are three children living: Lizzie Stearns, John Chase and Paul Goodwin (twins). Mrs. Redington died in April, 1880. May 18, 1882, he married Mary Julia, daughter of Ezra and Julia R. Towne of Topsfield, Mass., by whom he has one child: Theodore Towne.
Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part III, p. 128.
Dartmouth's Oldest Graduate, Native of Chelsea, Is Dead
Major Edward D. Redington, Died At Evanston, Ill, At the Age of 91.
Evanston, Ill., Oct. 10. - Major Edward Dana Redington, and up to the time of his death believed to have been the oldest living alumnus of Dartmouth college, died last night in a hospital. He was 91 years old and a native of Chelsea, Vt.
Source: Barre Daily Times, October 10, 1931
Major Edward D. Redington
The death is reported of Edward D. Redington, a well-known native of Chelsea, in Evanston, Ill., Oct. 9. Mr. Redington was born in the house now owned by Mrs. Grace M. Bixby, Nov. 12., 1839. His father was cashier of the Chelsea bank, but left here during the son's boyhood to take a similar position in St. Johnsbury. Edward D. Studied at St. Johnsbury Academy and then went to Dartmouth college, where he graduated in 1861. He was one of the two last survivors of that class, no older class now having any living members.
He enlisted in the 12th Vermont Regiment, a Civil war organization which had many members in this locality, and was promoted to second lieutenant. After the expiration of his term of enlistment he was appointed additional paymaster of volunteers with the rank of major, and served until 1866. For many y ears he was in the insurance business in Chicago, living in Evanston, and went regularly to his office until not so very long ago. From 1895 to 1905 he was a trustee of Dartmouth, another native of Chelsea, Rev. William H. Davis, being also a trustee during part of the same period. He was prominent in the counsels of the Congregational church in this city and state. He was twice married, surviving both his wives. Three sons, all of them graduates of Dartmouth, are living, and one or two daughters. A grandson is now a student at the college.
Source: Bethel Courier, October 15, 1931
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.