Slade, George H.
Age: 21, credited to Bennington, VT
Unit(s): 89th NY INF
Service: enl 9/9/61, m/i 10/4/61, PVT, Co. F, 89th NY INF, wdd, Antietam, 9/17/62, dis/dsb 6/5/63, Frederick, MD
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Birth: About 1840, Bennington, VT
Burial: Hillside Cemetery, North Adams, MA
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Boudreau
Findagrave Memorial #: 46178769
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 2/17/1863; widow Julia C., 5/19/1921, MA
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)
2nd Great Granduncle of W. D. 'Bud' Foucher, Clinton Corners, NY
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Hillside Cemetery, North Adams, MA
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George H. Slade
George Slade was born on 8 Jul 1840 in Bennington, Vermont. There is evidence that indicates that he was the brother of Norman Slade, also a Civil War veteran, and that their parents were Elijah and Amanda Slade. In the Bennington Banner's write-up on the funeral of Norman Slade's son Burnside Slade, dated June 8, 1929 it was stated that Charles Slade, a cousin from Stamford was a pall bearer. Also listed among relatives from out of town were Mrs. George Slade of North Adams, MA; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Slade and Clayton Slade of Stamford, VT; Mr. and Mrs. William Slade of North Adams; L.C. Holton of Grafton, NY and several Hathaway's. Censuses we consulted show Charles Slade to be the son of George Slade of Berkshire Co. According to George's Civil War Pension file, he married Julia C. Rouse of Long Island, NY on 11 Jun 1864 in N. Adams, Berkshire, MA. They had four children, among them the Charles noted above, all born in N. Adams. George died May 6, 1921 in N. Adams of "Cardiac Dilatation."
George's Civil War Pension file confirms his father was Elijah Slade and that George was born in Bennington. George apparently left Bennington as a young man to seek his fortune in New York State. In 1860 he was working as a farm laborer on William English's farm in Greene, Chenango, NY. On 9 Sep 1861 at Whitney Point, Broome, NY he enlisted in Co. F, 89th Regiment of the New York Infantry. On 31 Oct 1862 he was wounded at the Battle of Antietam and taken prisoner. He was subsequently paroled and was discharged on 5 Jan 1863. His file shows that he suffered a gun shot wound of his left leg for which he received an Invalid Pension of $5.00 per month. Said pension continued until 4 Sep 1894 when it was increased to $6.00. George was a relatively small man being 5 ft 6 in tall and weighing 130 lbs. Here is a description of his wound as it appeared on a Surgeon's Certificate: "A minnie ball entered the front part of the left leg, passing backwards, fracturing the fibula at the large part of the calf of the leg. The leg is emaciated; the calf was nearly destroyed by the wound. The leg is deformed and painful. I think that this man is quite lame and the lameness is increased by exercise." Signed Geo. C. Lawrence, Examining Surgeon.
This leg continued to bother him throughout his life and there are many letters in the file from doctors whom he consulted attesting to his continuing disability. As noted above, in spite of this he got married a year after his discharge and went on to father four children. He supported himself and his family by working in various factories around N. Adams. In 1894 he was "attending a popcorn stand on the street." It appears that a law was passed in 1907 which resulted in his pension being raised to $12.00 and then in 1910, when he reached 70 it went to $15.00. The Act of May 11, 1912 raised this pension to $24.00 per month based on age and length of service. Under an act of Congress approved by the President May 1, 1920 his pension was increased to $50.00 per month. George died a year later on May 6.
Submitted by W.D. 'Bud' Foucher, 2d great grandnephew, Clinton Corners, NY
North Adams Transcript
May 7, 1921
George H. Slade, a veteran of the Civil war, and for 57 years a resident of this city, died early this morning at his home, 331 Houghton street.
Mr. Slade was born in Bennington, Vt., but had lived in this city since he was a young man. He enlisted for service in the Civil war and had an enviable war record as a soldier. He was a member of Sanford post, G.A.R., the N.E.O.P., and the Universalist church. He was a man who made many friends and his death will be the source of much regret.
The deceased is survived by his widow, Mrs. Julia Slade; a son, , Charles Slade of Stamford, Vt.; two daughters, Mrs. Fred Bugbee of Bennington, Vt., and Mrs. William McKane of this city. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 from his late home. Rev. Albert Hammatt, pastor of the Universalist church will officiate and burial will be in the family lot in Hillside cemetery.
Contributed by Tom Boudreau.