|Birth: ||Mar. 26, 1835|
|Death: ||Jan. 15, 1879|
from the Rutland Daily Herald & Globe, Jan. 18, 1879:
The subject of this notice, Capt. Wm. J. Cain, son of John and Mary B. Cain, of this town, was born March 26, 1835. Aside from a common school education, he pursued his studies at the academies in Rutland and Poultney, in this State, and at Andover, Massachusetts, at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and other places.
At the breaking out of the civil war he studied law in the office of Messrs. Prout & Dunton, in this place. He accompanied the Second Vermont regiment to the field as quartermaster-sergeant in 1861; was in the battles of the first "Bull Run"; resigned his position and enlisted as a private in the United States Light Artillery in 1862; was with General Pleasanton's advance just after the battle of Antietam; participated in the battle of Fredericksburg, after which he received a commission as second lieutenant in the Third Regular Cavalry in February, 1863; was promoted to first lieutenant October 9, 1865; served on General Sherman's staff, and later on the staff of both General Logan and General Harrow; was in the battle of Chattanooga, South Mountain, Missionary Ridge and Atlanta; was at the side of the gallant General McPherson, in advance of our army, when the General was shot down by a rebel sharp shooter, and was promoted to Captain by brevet, for meritorious services, March 18, 1865.
Since the termination of the war he was stationed at Memphis, Tenn., Little Rock and Fort Smith, Ark., and Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1867 he had command of a cavalry escort to General Wright's surveying party from Ft. Logan, Colorado, through New Mexico and Arizona to the Pacific coast; left the army and was engaged in surveying lands on the Northern Pacific railroad. Later still he had charge of the freight department of 700 [illegible] of the Missouri and Texas railroad, with headquarters at [illegible], Mo. Two years ago his health began to fail, as his physicians say, from exposure in the [illegible] and a few weeks ago he had a stroke of paralysis, from which he partially recovered. A few days ago he had a second attack which terminated in his death. His wife, a daughter of the late Judge Kittridge, of Fairhaven, Vt., and a son, two years of age, are, from sickness, unable to accompany the remains to Vermont. Captain Cain has many friends in Rutland and in the army, who will mourn the loss of a generous and [illegible] companion, who had not an enemy in the world.
Was likely originally buried in the West Street Cemetery in Rutland. His name appears on an 1884 list of Civil War veterans buried there.
John Cain (1809 - 1880)
Mary Billings Cain (1819 - 1907)
William J. Cain (1835 - 1879)
Avery Billings Cain (1840 - 1879)*
John A. Cain (1842 - 1893)*
Jewett P. Cain (1846 - 1923)*
Mary E. Cain Harrison (1850 - 1888)*
LIEUT, 3rd U.S. CAV.
Created by: Jen Snoots
Record added: Nov 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44330524