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Wood, Lewis

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 22, credited to Montpelier, VT
Unit(s): 2nd NH INF
Service: 2nd NH INF

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VITALS

Birth: 1838, Montpelier, VT
Death: 1915

Burial: St. Augustine Cemetery, Montpelier, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
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MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/29/1880
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None

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BURIAL:

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St. Augustine Cemetery, Montpelier, VT

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Obituary

WAS IN 23 BATTLES

Louis Wood, Also Policeman in Montpelier Many Years, Is Dead.

Louis Wood, for many years a policeman and a familiar figure about Montpelier's streets and a veteran of the Civil war, who went through twenty-three battles as a member of a New Hampshire company of volunteers, died at Heaton hospital at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, death being due to a cancer of the face, with which he suffered for over a year. Three years ago Mr. Wood submitted to an operation for the removal of a slight cancer from his lip, but a year ago the growth appeared again and since that time he steadily grew worse. He was at the hospital three times during the year and was at the hospital three weeks before he passed away. A remarkably strong constitution enabled Mr. Wood to fight the disease longer than the average person, but death had been expected daily since a week ago.

The deceased was born in Montpelier, September 13, 1838, the son of Joseph and Mary (Gravelin) Wood, being the second of five children. His father was the first French-Canadian settler in Montpelier, coming from Canada in 1830 with a string of horse purchased from Jonathan Shepard. The latter gave him a position and he was employed in the building of the State House a few years later. He married Gravelin and to them were born five children, Joseph, Louis, Emaline, Josephine and Clara.

Joseph Wood died many years ago and Louis is survived by his three sisters, Mrs. Emaline Lamere of St. Johnsbury, Mrs. Clara Smith of this city and Miss Josephine Wood of this city. He leaves besides, one son, Louis N. Wood of Vine street, this city. His wife, who was Josephine Lamery, died about fifteen years ago.

Early in life he learned the trade of blacksmith and was employed off and on for many years in the Lane Manufacturing company shops. He was also employed in Manchester and Concord, N.H., for a few years and when the Civil war broke out he enlisted in Company E, 2nd New Hampshire volunteers. He served three enlistments until the close of the war and while he took part in twenty-three battles, including Bull Run, Gettysburg and the Wilderness, he escaped being wounded.

At the close of the war he returned to Montpelier and for forty years he was on the police force off and on and when not serving as a guardian of the peace he was employed as a forger at the Lane shops. Ten years ago at the age of 67 he retired, but took an active interest in city affairs and less than a year ago he showed his youngsters by bowling a game of ten pins.

He belonged to the Apollo club and Brooks post, G.A.R., and was at one time a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a member o f St. Augustine's church.

The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock from the church, with burial in the Catholic cemetery.

Source: Burlington Free Press, November 9, 1915
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.