Vermont Record from Brandon, Vermont on May 13, 1865 · 5
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Vermont Record from Brandon, Vermont · 5

Brandon, Vermont
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Saturday, May 13, 1865
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She ?Mmmt gfwdL 2GI c Vermont Ministers Rccriitly, Deceased. From Our Ppoeiul Contributor. KEV. GEO. II. CLARK. During the month of April which has just passed, two Vermont ministers, one of them in the early prime of life and usefulness, the other full of years and of good works, have rested from their labors and gone to their reward. Rev. George Henry Clarke, pastor of the Congregational Church tt St. Johnsbury Centre, died in Georgia, Vt., 25 April, aged 29 years, 11 months and two days. He was born in Georgia, 23 May, 18:3.), the eon of David and Mary (Baker) Clarke. He fitted for college at Georgia and Bakers-field Academies, and was graduated at the University of Vermont in 1850, and at An-dovcr Theological Seminary in 1SG1. He was ordained at St. Johnsbury Centre 15 ' January 1862. Rev. J. E. Rankin of St! Albans preached the sermon. His excellent Christian spirit, and his ability as a preacher, combined with vivacity of temperament and energy of character, to win speedily and entirely the affections of his people. In 1863 an attack of bleeding at .the lungs completely prostrated him, and he returned to his father's house to die. He soon requested a dismissal from his pastorate, but his people clung to the hope of his restoration, and declined to have any other min ister, or think of having any other, as long as he shou'd live, ne lingered a year and a half and died ; and his remains were conveyed back ta his parish, to be buried among his fa.thful flock. KEV. GEO. TV. BAJTSLOW. Rev, George W. Ranslow died in Georgia, Vt., 7 April, in the 65th year of Lis ago. He was born in Hinesburgh, (or Charlotte,) in September 1800, and labored on a farm till he was twenty-one years of age. He commenced study at Middlebury, but finished his preparatory studies, both classical and theological, at Bangor, where he was graduated in 1828. He was ordained pastor of the Congregational Church in Cambridge, 5 February, 1829. Rev. Wort-ingtou Smith, D.DV of St. Albaus preached the sermon. During his pastorate of four years a revival of great power occurred, and many were added to the Church. He was dismissed in January 1833, and installed in Georgia, 19 June 1833. Rev. John K. Converse of Burlington preached the sermon. He had a successful ministry of twenty-two years in Georgia, and the Church was largely built up. He was dismissed 31 January, 1855, but continued to reside in Georgia, and wa3 acting pastor of the adjacent parish at Milton Falls during the remainder of his life. He was the representative of Georgia in the legislature of 1856. Mr. Ranslow was a man of strength, both physically and intellectually. Sound in judgment, decided in his opinions, clear in his views of truth, methodical and argumentative as a preacher, he made his mark upon every parish in which he labored. He was one of the few Vermont ministers who have had patriotism enough to give their life-long services to their native State, notwithstanding the temptations of broader fields and larger salaries elsewhere. . He married, 8 February 1829, Anne Par-malee, daughter of Rev. Simeon Parmalee, and by her had five children. George P. Ranslow, one of his sons, has been a soldier in the 1st Iowa Regiment. j. n. w. Coventry, 6 May 1865. I)enth of Cnpt. V. C. Morey. lOth Vt. lm .1.1 Div.. nth A. Co nrs. ) Camp jjkah Danville, Va y JlAY U, 13. ) T, II. Edwards, Eng., Deati Sru : Your letter of inquiry respecting the fate of Capt. Morey was forwarded to me from City Point. It came to hand just as I was leaving Burkes ville, a week ago, in compa ny with the 6th Corps, in which I am laboring in the "individual relief department" of the Christian Commission. Because of the hurry of the rapid march to this place, and the confusion necessarily attendent upon the formation of a new camp, I have been unable to cbtdn, until this afternoon, the information solicited. Capt. Charles C. Morey, who belonged to Co. E of the 2d Vermont Volunteer?, was killed, as I learn, Apr. 2, at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon, by a grape-shot which passed through his right shoulder. He fell, while bravely leading his Company onward, in a charge against a Confederate Battery, man ned by a Miss. Battallion. This Battery lay on the south side of Petersburg, very near what were then Gen. Lee's headquar ters. Although Capt. Morey continued to breath for twenty-five or thirty minutes, he never spoke, after he received the fatal shot. A brother officer, who belonged to another Company of the same Regiment, and who was the first to reach him after he was wounded, says, "The Captain gave me, as I came up, a seemingly intelligent look, and a slight pressure, as I grasped his hand. But after thi3, during the few remaining moments of his life, he was to all appearances, either entirely or for the most part insensible." Shortly after his death, four men were sent back to pay the last rites of respect to his gory remains. Tliese they burled hastily, and as best they could, under the circumstances of the hour. The Chaplain of a colored Mass. Regiment, who was met by the way, and whose services were secured, offered a brief prayer over the grave of the fallen soldier. While his spirit has taken its flight, his body rests beneath the soil of the Old Dominion. It was interred not far from the spot on which he so nobly fell. And the place can be readily found, since it is hard by a tree, and near a house, in close proximity to what were at that time Gen. Lee's headquarters, and as a planed board .with an easily legibly inscription was set up at the head of the grave. His comrades proposed, and made some preparation, to send his remains home. They were, however, unsuccessful both in their plans and their efforts. The portion of the army, to which they belonged, was ordered off in pursuit of Gen. Lee, early in" the morning of the day succeeding Capt. Morey's untimely fall. And since then they have not been able, and perhaps never will be permitted to return to the fatal spot. Thus another brave son of New England has fallen, pierced by a mortal wound, while SLand'ng up in defence of the Government, and going forth to fight the battles of his native land. Sympathizing deeply with the family and friends of the deceased, in the loss they have experienced in his early death, and desiring you to assure them of my readiness to do anything in my power which promises to mitigate the keenness of their present sorrow, I remain, dear Sir, Yours very sincerely, J. B. Pebet. Death of Hon. Francis II. Higgles. Hon. Francis II. Buggies, Consul of the United States at Jamaica, died in New York, on Tuesday last, aged 59 years. He was a native ofPoultney,Vt. When a young man, he commenced the practice of law at Frcdonia, Chatauque County, N. Y., where he resided for many years, and afterwards removed to Corn'ng, N. Y. He was for several years Auditor of the canal department of the State of New York. He was associated with Henry J. Raymond and George Jones, in the establishment of the New York Daily Times, and became an associate editor. The articles contributed by him were not numerous, but were prepar ed with great care, and evidenced ability and power as a writer. He was afterwards a commercial agent at Valparaiso, Chili. At the commencement of Mr. Lincoln's administration he received an appointment from Mr. Seward to a position in the State Department, and prepared several state papers of importance. In 1862 he was appointed consul at Jamaica,' which position he held at Ihe time of his decease. ' His funeral will probably take place at Poultney. expectedly ran upon "Turk's Clothing Es tablishment," and, for the moment, thought x nau awoke m the vicinity of Bank Block, jjurnngton. j. very soon discovered that this was a second edition of the "great em porium" over which Louis Turk, formerly oi uurnngion, presided with nappy success. Honor to the Troopers. Vermont Boys at the West. "Nomad" writes to the Burlington Sentinel from St. Louis, the following interesting items concerning Vermonters in the West : I have run across many Vermont boys, who have strayed away from the Green Mountain State, to seek their fortunes in more propitious soil, but who still look back, I am sure, with feelings of affection to the friends and homes they left behind. Here in St. Lauis, are two former Burlington boys, Charlie and Fred Follett, connected with the Ohio and Mississippi railroad, the former in the responsible posi tion of General Ticket Agent. Both these gentlemen stand high, I am told, and are bound to go ahead. Wm. Loomis, a grad uate of the U. V. M., of the class of 1863, I think, and a son of Henry Loomis, Esq., of Burlington, is living here, being associated in the ice business with W. L. Huse, Esq., and is, of course, doing well. In Chicago I met more Vermont acquaintances than I have seen anywhere outside of the old Green Mountain State itself. A. L. Smith, Esq., of St. Albans, and a gratuate of the U. V. M., in 1858, while occupying the responsible position of city editor of the Chicago Post, is still the Fred Smith of college days, liked and respected on all sides. E. M. Smalley, Esq., of Swanton, and for merly connected with the Sentinel, I also met in Chicago. He is in the office of Judge C. Beckwith, formerly of St. Albans, who is at the head of the Chicago bar. Mr. Smalley will undoubtedly secure the suc cess which his abilities and industry entitle him to. Darnel Dutcher, another enterprising and talented St. Albans boy, and a graduate of Burlington in 1858, is living here also, and is taking a fine stand among the younger members of the bar. John H Converse, erst of your cotemporary, the Times, is connected with the Superintendent's office of the Galena division of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, and I need hardly say that his clever abilities and genial manners are earning for him that sue- CeSS WXllCIi lo euro lu niibcuu uiui nu""" he goes, l mignt extenu. my euumerauuu of Vermonters in Chicago almost rnden- nitely. Of those who have been lormeny among your townsmen in rmmugiuu, have not mentioned George F. Bailey, Esq., and Norman Williams, Jr., both of whom stand prominently among the more advanced of the younger members of the Chicago bar : the Cutlers, John and Willie, who are connected with leading mercantile houses in the city, and a host of others too numerous to recall. At Kalamazoo, Mich., I un- The following congratulatory order issued to the 3d Cavalry Division, which includes the 1st Vermont Cavalry, is a splendid recognition of its famous gallanty; Headqr's, 3d Cav. Div., Appomat- ) tox C. H., Apr. 9, 1865, J With profound gratitude to the God of battles by whose blessings our enemies have been humbled and our arms rendered triumphant, your commanding General avails himself of this first opportunity to express to you his admiration of the heroic manner in which you have passed through the series of battles which to-day resulted in the surrender of the enemy's entire army. The record established by your indomitable courage is unparalleled in the annals of war. Your prowess has won for you even the respect and admiration of your enemies. During the past six months, although in most instances confronted by superior numbers, you have captured from the enemy, in open battle, one hundred and eleven pieces ; of field artillery, sixty-five battle flags, and upwards of ten thousand prieoners, including seven general officers. Within the past ten days, and iucluded in the above, you have captured forty-six pieces of artillery and thirty-seven battle-flags. You have never lost a gun, never lost a co or, and never been defeated, and notwithstanding the numerous engagements in which you have borne a prominent part, including those memorabJe engagements ot the Shenandoah, you have captured every piece of artillery which the enemy has dared to open upon you. The near approach of peace renders it improbable that you will again be called upon to undergo the fatigues of the toilsome march or the exposure of the battle field, but should the assistance of keen blades wielded by ycur sturdy arms be required to hasten the coming of that glorious peace for which you have been so long contending, the General commanding is proudly confident that in the future as in the past, every demand will meet with a hearty and willing response. Let us hope that our work is done, and that, blessed with the comforts of peace, we may soon be permitted to enjoy the pleasures of home and friends. For our comrades who have fallen let us ever cherish a grateful remembrance ; to the wounded and those who languish in Southern prisons, let our sympathy be tendered. And now speaking for myself alone, when the war is ended, and the task of the historian begins, when the deeds of daring which have rendered the name and the fame of the 3d cavalry division are inscribed upon the bright pages of our country's history, I only ask that my name may be written as that of the Commander of the Third Cavalry Division. (Signed) G. A. Custer. Brevet Major Gen. Connecticut River Valley Medical Association This association held its annual meeting at Bellows Falls on Wednesday the 2d inst. There was a good number present, and the proceedings were of a highly interesting and instructive character. Able and interesting papers were read by Drs. Webber, Holton and Crosby, and discussed by memT bers at large, eliciting much valuable infor mation. . . , The following oflicers were elected ior the ensuing year: President ur. jenn CrowlyofMt. Holly, Vt. Vice President Dr. James A. Gregg of Newport, N. H. Recording Secretary Dr. H. D-Holton of Putney, Vt. Corresponding Secretary Dr. A. B. Crosby of Hanover, N. H. Treasurer Dr. Samuel Nichols of Bellows Falls, Vt. Ex-Gov. Aiken of South Carolina aid G. B. Lamer of Savannah, Ga., have arrived at Washington under arrest for dis loyal acts. Gov. Aiken is on paroie at one of the hotels.

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