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Wells, Edwin Lewis


Age: 18, credited to Reading, VT
Unit(s): 17th VT INF
Service: enl 6/13/64, m/i 7/6/64, CPL, Co. I, 17th VT INF,wdd, Poplar Spring Church, 9/30/64, dis/wds, 8/11/65

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Birth: 11/15/1848, Middlesex, VT
Death: 05/13/1923

Burial: Pine Hill Cemetery, Sharon, VT
Marker/Plot: 153
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Joie Finley Morris +

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 10/7/1865; widow Emma B., 8/14/1923, 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: None


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Pine Hill Cemetery, Sharon, VT

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Edwin Lewis Wells

Edwin Lewis Wells, son of Abner and Caroline Lewis Wells, passed to the “higher life” on May 13, 1923.

He was born in Middlesex, Vt., Nov. 15, 1848. He was bereft of a mothers' loving care at the age of two years. Fortunately he was tenderly cared for by a good family until fourteen years of age, when, although a mere boy he heard his country's call and enlisted in the Union Army in the Civil War and gave his best to that service. On his fifteenth birthday he lay in a hospital with a shattered arm, having been wounded in the Battle of Poplar Grove Church, near St., Petersburg.

He had lain all night on the ground in a pouring rain before he was picked up. He had bound his coat around his arm to stop the flow of blood. It was five days before he had surgical and medical attention. When he reached the hospital in Washington, the surgeon said it was useless to amputate the arm as he could not live, but his indomitable will and courage carried him through the partial recovery although the arm was a lifelong source of discomfort.

After his discharge, he returned to Vermont. Realizing the value of education and that he was incapacitated for manual labor he qualified for office work by attending school at the Newbury Academy.

He came to Lyndon, when he was twenty four years old, as an employee of the old Passumpsic railroad. He continued with it after it was merged into the Boston and Maine system serving in different capacities until 1912, when he retired for the services as district passenger agent.

In 1874, he married Emma Baldwin of Sharon, Vt., a student at Lyndon Institute. To them have been given many happy years of married life and good comradeship. His devotion to his wife, his love for children, which brought into their home life a niece and nephew, his loyalty to neighbors and friends, speak for themselves.

His willing sacrifice for the good of others was his strong characteristic.

Source: St. Johnsbury Republican, May 31,1923
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.