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The Soldiers' Home, Bennington
NEWS & CITIZEN: JUNE 22, 1921
SOLDIERS HOME STATISTICS
FROM AN ADDRESS BY REV. MR. MILLS At BENNINGTON, MAY 30----
A careful and substantially accurate inspection at the Soldiers' Home up to May 1 shows the following results: Whole number admitted, 906, of whom 16 served in the Spanish-American War, 1 in the Mexican War, 1 in the the Indian Wars, and the remainder in the Civil War; number of known deaths, 581, now on the roll, 51, number of discharged or dropped from the rolls, 275. And there is no record kept on the latter, the number still living is problematical, but a conservative estimate is that 60 percent are dead, so it is probable that 720 of the 906 are dead. Of these 120 are buried in the Home cemetery. At the head of each grave is a modest, but tasteful marble marker inscribed with the name, regiment, date of birth & death. In this cemetery the Memorial Day services have been held for many.
THE DISTINGUISHED LIST
Of the membership of the Home, as would naturally be supposed, much the larger number ranked below the commissioned officers, but 13 are commissioned officers as follows: Col. Charles B. Stoughton, 4th Vt., died Jan. 17, 1898, buried at Bellows Falls; Lieut. Col. Stephen M. Pingree, 4th Vt., died April 19, 1892; Capt. Augustine C. West, 3rd Vt., died April 15, 1915, and buried in the Home cemetery; Capt. George B. Dimick, sergeant in 1st Vt., and Captain in 12th Vt., died Nov. 13, 1889, buried in Home cemetery; Capt. Daniel E. Barrett, 5th Vt., died in 1907; Capt. Edson W. Raymond, 5th Vt., died Jan. 28, 1910; Capt. Josiah O. Livingston, 9th Vt., a medal-of Honor man, died July 23, 1917, was buried in Montpelier; Quartermaster John T. Demerritt, 20th Wis., now living at the Home; Lieut. Henry L. Franklin, 2nd Vt., died May 2, 1913, and buried at Brattleboro; Lieut. Charles F. Greenleaf, 2nd Vt., died July 23, 1920, buried in St. Albans; Lieut John S. Tupper, 3rd Vt., died Sept 1, 1903, buried in Swanton; Lieut. John P. Eddy, 26 New York, Cavalry (commonly) called Frontier Cavalry, last heard from in New York City and there is little doubt that he is dead [died Jan. 15, 1916, buried in Togus (ME) National Cemetery]; Lieut. Joshua P. Sawyer, 2nd Vt, thought to be dead [died May 31, 1915, buried in Danville (OH) National Cemetery].
VETERANS ARE PASSING
The youngest Civil War veteran now living at the Home is Lewis J. Blakely, nearly 74; the oldest Martin B. Atwood passed 90 years. The average age of those on the roll is about 80. The deaths in 1919 were 10, in 1920, 15. Since January 1, sixteen have died, 12 in January, as follows--- Henry L. Puffer, 8th Vt. January 12; William Burroughs, 17th Vt., January 13, Justin S. Ball,
13th Vt. Inf.[post-war, 13th US Inf.] January 15, Jerome B. Smith, 2nd Battery, January 10; Peter O'Clair, 1st Vt. Cavalry, January 17; Edmund Stone, 1st Vt. Cavalry, January ?; James Mossey, 3rd Vt., January 23; John H. Leonard, 14th Vt., January 23; Anson M. Washburn, 1st Vt., January 24; Charles Bly, 37th Mass., January 25; Lewis E. Parker, 9th Vt. January 21; Charles G. Smith, 1st Vt. (Spanish War), Jan 30; William Wilkins, 7th Vt., March 21; Royal Fassett, 11th Vt., March 5; Charles A. Phillips, 14th Vt., April 20, Joseph Battles, 5th Mass.[Co. B, 8th Mass.], May 30.
According to the reports of the Commissioner of Pensions, something like 25,000 civil war veterans died in the past year. The fact and those given above are grounds for the belief that ten years from now not a civil war veteran will be living at the home.
Submitted By: Deanna French