Adopt A Civil War Veteran

BACKGROUND
The City of Lebanon, NH, had a number of Civil War veterans buried in its cemeteries whose graves had nothing that recognized their Civil War service.
Fran Hanchett of the Lebanon Historical Society consulted the US Department of
Veterans Affairs (VA) about the possibility of providing gravestones for verified veterans that recognized their service.


Unfortunately, federal regulations allow the VA to provide funds for gravestones that identify a person’s Civil War Service only when there is no existing gravestone for the individual.


As a result of the historical review, Fran, as a member of the Lebanon Historical Society and the Soldiers Memorial Building Coordinating team, initiated a program in 2013 called “Adopt a Civil War Veteran.” Fran has identified 101 Civil War veterans in Lebanon’s cemeteries who either had no gravestones or whose stones did not identify them as Civil War veterans. Each veteran’s military record was verified through the US National Archives with military dates of service, units in which they served, and places of service.


Working with Ricker Funeral Home in Lebanon, arrangements were made to design and obtain appropriate gravestones for the Civil War veterans. Ricker both provided stones at cost and placed them in the cemetery as their donation toward the adoption program.


ADOPTIONS
Local businesses, civic groups, and private individuals have all participated in the
adoption program by purchasing a military type stone for an unrecognized Civil War veteran. The estimated cost is between $350 and $400. Ricker Funeral Home continues to provide stones at cost, with the amount determined by the number of letters and numbers on the stone.


Individual veterans are selected by an adopting business, group, or individual. Adopters receive information about the veteran’s military history and a photograph of the stone, and are invited to attend an official ceremony scheduled to dedicate the stone.


Of the 101 veterans that have been identified, 16 were still available for adoption as of June 2022.


Albums containing photographs of all stones and the names of their adopters are
being created as part of the program. When these are completed, they will be archived with the Lebanon Historical Society and available for viewing at the Soldiers Memorial Building.

The project is a program of the Lebanon Historical Society, a non-profit 501(c)(3)
organization. Businesses, groups, or individuals who adopt a veteran by donating the cost of a gravestone are entitled to a tax deduction for their donation, as allowable by law.

LEBANON’S CIVIL WAR VETERANS

1Aspenwall, Albert2ND BRIGADE BAND – 10TH ARMY CORPS Glenwood
2*Baker, AlpheusCO H 23RD WISCONSIN INF Adopted by the Masons Org. & SAL, Lebanon, NHSchool Street
3*Barron, SpragueU.S. NAVY Adopted in memory of Lang Metcalf by his familyWest Lebanon
4*Bernard, TelesphorCO M 1ST NH HVY ATY Adopted by Blodgett’s Sash & Door, Lebanon, NHGlenwood
5*Chandler, EdwinCO A 16TH NH INF Adopted by the Soldiers Memorial Building CommitteeSchool Street
6Cross, Reuben T.CO L 1ST NH CAVALRY Glenwood
7Daniels, WarrenCO I 1ST NH CAVALRY West Lebanon
8*DeMosh, JosephCO E 5TH NH INF Adopted by Timken Aerospace, Lebanon, NHMt.Calvary
9*Driscoll, Jeremiah1ST NH CAVALRY Adopted by Alice & Malcolm Stevens and Susy & Gene  HayesMt.Calvary
10*Emerson, CharlesCO A 16TH NH INF Adopted by Rodney Emerson CroftWest Lebanon
11*Emerson, GeorgeCO A 16TH NH INF Adopted by Rodney Emerson CroftSchool Street
12*Flanders, John SSGT CO C 5TH NH INF Adopted by Greg Henderson in the name of the 5th NH  Org.Glenwood
13*Flynn, Frank P.CAPT CO K 1ST NH CAVALRY Adopted by David W. LaBelleSchool Street
14*Flynn, ThomasCORP CO C 1ST NH CAVALRY Adopted by Timken Aerospace, Lebanon, NHSchool Street
15*Gates, HebardCO F 4TH MASS CAVALRY Adopted by Fran Hanchett in memory of Helen & Buster  HanchettWest Lebanon
16*Gray, William J.CO C 16TH NH INF Adopted by Mickey and Kari LackeyWest Lebanon
17*Hale, MosesCO E 18TH NH INF Adopted by the SUVCW and Rosalie & John  DesGrossliersOrange
18*Hazeltine, John L.CO K 3RD NH INF Adopted by the Elks Lodge #2099,  Lebanon, NHSchool Street
19*Hurlbutt, AbialUS NAVY Adopted in memory of Lang Metcalf by his familyWest Lebanon
20*Jackson, JacobCORP CO F 16TH MASS INF Adopted by the American Legion,  Lebanon, NHSchool Street
21*Johnson, Arthur W.CO H 2ND MASS INF Adopted by his great-grandson, Harry Johnson IIIGlenwood
22*Kelly, GeorgeCO A 16TH NH INF Adopted by Susan AlmySchool Street
23*Kenney, Charles L.CO I 6TH US CAVALRY Adopted by cousins Fran Hanchett, Pam Laro, and  Noreen  LessardGlenwood
24Landers, ThomasCO D 16TH MASS INF Adopted by Jason Landers & othersSchool Street
25*Manchester, ThomasCO A 16TH NH INF Adopted by William Walker, his descendentDana (Hanover)
26*Miller, G. AlbertCO A 16TH NH INF Adopted by Dan MoriartyGlenwood
27*Morse, Nathan D.5TH VT BAND Adopted by Russ & Chris Lary and Barbara KrinitzSchool Street
28Moses, WilliamCO A 16TH NH INF Adopted by the Willeman family for their daughterSchool Street
29*Perkins, George C.2ND BRIGADE BAND – 10TH ARMY CORPS Adopted by the Masons Org. & Sons of the American  Legion, Lebanon,  NHGlenwood
30*Pierce, Harry H.CO D 13TH MASS INF Adopted by the Legion Auxiliary, Lebanon, NHSchool Street
31*Randlett, NathanCAPT. CO C 5TH NH & VRC Adopted by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows,  Lebanon,  NHGlenwood
32*Scott, William W.SGT CO F USSS Adopted by the Green Mt. Civil War Roundtable Org.School Street
33Seavey,  William A.CO A 6TH NH INF Adopted by the SUVCW & Mary Elizabeth Kimball AuxiliarySchool Street
34*Shaw, Lowell9TH & 15TH VT INF Adopted by Bridgman’s Furniture, Lebanon, NHGlenwood
35*Stearns, AlbertCO 3 9TH NH INF Adopted by Rodney Emerson CroftWest Lebanon
36Thomas, HiramCO I 1ST NEW ENGLAND CAVALRY Glenwood
37Thomas, KendallCO A 16TH NH INF Adopted by the SUVCW & Mary Elizabeth Kimball AuxiliaryGlenwood
     
     
The following Civil War Veterans were not residents at the time of the Rebellion, but moved to Lebanon after the war. 
38*Bagley, Cornelius3RD BATTY VT LT ATY Adopted by Timken Aerospace, Lebanon, NHGlenwood
39Barron/Parrent, LouisCO B 6TH VT Glenwood
40Bassett, GeorgeCO D 46TH MASS INF Glenwood
41*Beers, ElbridgeCO A 16TH NH INF Adopted by Stephanie JacksonGlenwood
42Benjamin, ThomasCO H 16TH VT INF Adopted by the Hartford, VT Emblem Club #150Glenwood
43Bennett, GideonCO K 4TH VT INF Adopted by the Hartford, VT Veterans CouncilGlenwood
44Benson, WilliamCORP CO K 53RD MASS INF Glenwood
45Brown, Henry H.CO B 7TH SQ RR CAVALRY Glenwood
46*Buck, AmbroseCO A 12TH VT INF Adopted by Bev Metcalf in memory of Lang MetcalfGlenwood
47*Carlisle, Charles W.CO K 18TH NH INF Adopted by his great nephew Reg Laro – paid by  Federal  GovernmentGlenwood
48Carlisle, David H.CO I 1ST NEW ENGLAND CAVALRY Adopted by his great grandson, Reginald LaroGlenwood
49*Carpenter, CurtisCO C 15TH VT INF Adopted by the Town of Hartford, VT Veterans CouncilSchool Street
50*Carter, William S.CO D 11TH NH INF Adopted by Mascoma Savings Bank, Lebanon, NHSchool Street
51Choate, HenryCO A 1ST NH HVY ATY Glenwood
52*Cilley, EdwinCO D 1ST VT CAVALRY Adopted by VFW Post 2571 Men’s Auxiliary, W.R. Jct., VTGlenwood
53Claflin, NathanCO E 1ST VT CAVALRY Adopted by the SUVCW & Mary Elizabeth Kimball Auxiliary, Lebanon,  NHGlenwood
54*Clark, AlbionCO B 7TH SQ RHODE ISLAND CAVALRY Adopted by Bev Metcalf in memory of Lang MetcalfGlenwood
55*Coffee, WilliamSGT CO A 3RD NH INF Adopted by Mascoma Savings Bank, Lebanon, NHSchool Street
56*Comings, CharlesCO I 14TH NH INF Adopted by the SUVCW, Lebanon, NHGlenwood
57Cowen, WilliamCO H 9TH NH INF Glenwood
58Davis, George W.CO D 9TH VT INFANTRY Glenwood
59*Davis, Pliny E.CO K 15TH LA CSA/CONF STATES NAVY  Adopted by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows,  Lebanon,  NHSchool Street
60*Day, Henry L.CO F & S NY CAVALRY Adopted by The Lebanon Historical SocietyMt. Calvary
61Dean, SilasCHAPLAIN CO D 5TH NH INF Adopted by the SUVCW & Mary Elizabeth Kimball Auxiliary, Lebanon,  NHGlenwood
62*Densmore, Jason CO G 10TH VT INF Adopted by the Lebanon Police DepartmentGlenwood
63Dewey, OtisCO L 10TH NY HVY ATY Glenwood
64*Dwyer, ThomasCO B 10TH VT INF  Adopted in Memory of his granddaughters Gertrude Dwyer Gamash and  Maureen Dwyer Matthes by Mike Matthes, Kristin Matthes & Don  GamashMt. Calvary
65Everest, MiloCO D 12TH US INF Glenwood
66*Everett, JamesCO C 24TH MICHIGAN INF Adopted by M. Matthes, K. Matthes and Don Gamash; and the Sons of  the Union  Veterans Civil War & Mary Elizabeth Kimball Aux. – Lebanon,  NHSchool Street
67Fagan, MichaelCO B 18TH MASS INF Mt. Calvary
68*French, HoraceCAPT 3RD VT INF Adopted by VFW Post 2571 Ladies Auxiliary, W. R. Jct.,  VTWest Lebanon
69Hewitt, ElbertCO C 6TH VT & CO F 17TH US INF Glenwood
70Hix, Orsemus S.CO E 18TH NH INF West Lebanon
71*Howard, WaldoCO I 14TH NH INF Adopted by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Lebanon, NHGlenwood
72*Hoyt, SamuelSGT MISSOURI CAVALRY Adopted by Lebanon Mayor Georgia TuttleWest Lebanon
73*Hutchinson, FrankCO A 10TH NH VOL Paid by Federal Government – Presented to Tom LedouxHillside, Norwich, VT
74Kimball, DavidCO B 16TH NH INF Adopted by Timken Aerospace, Lebanon, NHWest Lebanon
75LaPoint, CharlesCO G 2ND VT & CO K 153RD NY Glenwood
76Lord, JohnCO G 1ST NH HVY ATY Adopted by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows,  Lebanon,  NHSchool Street
77Lovely, Solomon2ND VT LT ATY BATTY Mt. Calvary
78*Lower, Joe CO E 100TH PENNSYLVANIA INF Adopted by M. Matthes, K. Matthes & Don GamashMt. Calvary
79Matson, LeroySGT CO H 7TH VT INF West Lebanon
80Northrop, AzorCO H 6TH MASS INF Glenwood
81Northrop, MagorCO K 1ST NH INF Glenwood
82*Nye, AlbertCO H 15TH NH VOL Adopted by the SUVCW & Mary Elizabeth Kimball Auxiliary, Lebanon,  NHHillside, Norwich, VT
83*Paige, EdwinCO A 12TH VT INF Adopted by his 2nd great grandson, Stephen BarnebyGlenwood
84*Rice, LucianCO B 12TH VT INF Adopted by VFW  Post 2571, White River Jct., VTSchool Street
85Richardson, AlpheusCO K 18TH NH INF Glenwood
86*Richardson, AsaLIEUT CO I 14TH NH INF Adopted by the Masons Org.,  Cornish, NHGlenwood
87*Riley, PeterCO K 18TH NH INF Adopted by Mike Matthes, Kristin Matthes and Don GamashMt. Calvary
88*Sanborn, HenryCO F USSS Adopted by an Artist in the Name of PeaceGlenwood
89*Sawyer, Henry P.CO K 15TH VT & CO A 11TH VT- POW ANDERSONVILLE Paid by Federal Government  –  POW engraved by Dan  MoriartySchool Street
90*Severance, LutherCO E 2ND USSS & CO G 4TH VT INF Adopted by VFW  Post 2571, White River Jct., VTSchool Street
91Shapleigh, AugustinCO B 1ST MASS HVY ATY Glenwood
92*Slayton, George W.CO A 7TH RHODE ISLAND CAVALRY Adopted by Ray and Maree LagasseGlenwood
93*Smalley, Roger17TH MISSISSIPPI INF  CSA Adopted by Mary Davis & Jeanette CookSchool Street
94Smithson, SamuelCO A 22ND CT INF Glenwood
95*Tilton, DanielUS MARINE CORPS Adopted by the US Marine Corps League, Lebanon, NHSchool Street
96*Townsend, John F.US NAVY Adopted by Bev Metcalf in memory of Lang MetcalfGlenwood
97*Vaughan, Aaron1ST FRONTIER CAV MA BTLN Adopted by Richard Logan/Goss Logan Insurance,  Lebanon, NHGlenwood
98Woodbury, GeorgeCO B 6TH VT School Street
     

*stone has been set at gravesite

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