from the Chronicle, Nov. 9, 2011
by Paul Lefebvre:
"REMEMBERING VERMONT'S LAST CIVIL WAR VETERAN
There was no Veterans Day when a 16-year old boy from Jay signed up with the Vermont Eleventh Regiment and marched off to war in the fall of 1863. Private Gilbert Lucier came back as a soldier with a gimpy leg that, according to one of his descendents, cuased him to walk with a cane for the rest of his life.
<excerpt> But the fact that a relative today recalls him saying it is headshakingly incredible, defying the odds that someone alive in 2011 would have personally known as a vet from the American Civil War of 1861-1865. <excerpt>
The funeral drew a crowd because Gilbert Lucier, at 97...died at the Orleans County Memorial Hospital in Newport. <excerpt> According to a woman who visited Gilbert in the hospital, he kept his Union blue uniform hanging by his bed.
<excerpt> ...Mr. Lucier attenend the seventy-fifth reunion that was held in Gettysburg [PA] in 1938.
<excerpt> At the battle of Cold Harbor, which lasted from May 31 to June 4, Gilbert Lucier was one of 115 Vermonters who was wounded during that engagement...
<excerpt> Back home from the war, Gilbert served the town as its road commissioner and represented Jay for one term in the Legislature. <excerpt>
Most of what Duane Lucier, the grandnephew, remembers about Gilbert Lucier is based on what he calls hearsay...
p.s. I am not related.
Jay, Vermont, borders Quebec [PQ, QC], Canada.
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