Augustus J. Shontell

Augustus J. Shontell

Quebec, Canada
Death 17 Jan 1907 (aged 66)
Mystic, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Northfield, Washington County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 25587974 View Source

"Nine Months to Gettysburg - Stannard's Vermonters and the Repulse of Pickett's Charge"
by Howard Coffin Page 234

' " Tall Pvt. Augustus Shontell was advancing with the 13th when a shell took away his bayonet.
According to company commander Capt. Orcas Wilder, "Shontell whirled around two or three times
but finally stopped and called out, 'Captain they have shot my bayonet off, so I can't charge.'
" ' You can shoot, can't you?'
" ' Yes, I can shoot.'
" ' Well, get back in the ranks and let them have it as fast as you can.' " '

History of the 13th Vermont Volunteers

Augustus Shontell of Company B, enlisted from Moretown. He was 6 feet 1 inch in height and thus belonged to the tall squad on the right of the company. He enlisted August, 1862, and was with the company through its term of service. He was a good soldier. I do not remember that he had any sickness of any account and he was always on hand for duty. At Gettysburg he had his bayonet taken off by a piece of shell. Capt. Wilder used to tell the story thus: " Shontell whirled around two or three times but finally stopped and called out, ' Captain they have shot my bayonet off, so I can't charge,' 'You can shoot can't you?' ' Yes! I can shoot,' 'Well, get back into the ranks and let them have it as fast as you can.' This he proceeded to do in good shape."
Augustus Shontell was born at North Hlaty, P.Q., Canada, January 12, 1841. He was a son of Augustus and Esther Shontell. His grandfather Augustus Shontell was born in France. Comrade Augustus Shontell was married in January, 1860, at Middlesex, VT., to Mary Cole who was born July 3, 1841, and died October 22, 1890. By this union were born twelve children, as follows: Joseph born April 14, 1861, P.O. Highgate,VT.; Josephine, born March 5, 1862, died June, 1903; Frederick, born November 5, 1866, P.O. East Hlaty, P.Q.; George, born Sept. 1, 1868, P.O. Usquepaugh, R.I.; Esther, born Nov. 15, 1870, wife of Henry Vendell, Plymouth, N.H.; Rosa, born Jan. 7, 1874, Pittsfield, N.H.; Lewis, born Feb. 15, 1876, P.O. Montpelier, Vt.; Benjamin, born Sept. 18, 1880, died March, 1882; John born May 23, 1882, Usquepaugh, R.I.; Mary, born Dec. 1, 1883, wife of Jules Defoise, Old Mystic, Conn., Julia born Jan. 18, 1885, wife of Oscar Gyer, Old Mystic, Conn. Augustus Shontell was married the second time to Miss Emily Prue, Sept. 18, 1891, by whom he has four children: Frank, born July 17, 1892, Usquepaugh, R.I.; Leona, born June 18, 1897, Usquepaugh, R.I.; Charles, born Feb. 8, 1903, died Feb. 18, 1904, sixteen children. The fecundity of his race, amply fulfilled and his example refutes the idea of race suicide.
Comrade Shontell sends an account of our last march and the battle of Gettysburg, which is practically covered by accounts already given but he has this additional item of army experience. " I remember at one time when I crossed the river (presumably the Occoquan) in a ferry boat when I came across a young rebel and made him my prisoner alone. Returning to our camp delivered my prisoner to Col. Randall who sent the man to Washington, D.C. The prisoner informed me when I delivered him up that he wished he had shot me. About the same time we had 5 men taken prisoners by the rebels together with their mules, the animals unhitched from wagons which they left, taking men and mules." Since the war Comrade Shontell has resided at North Htlay, P.Q., Northfield, Vt., New London, Conn., and at Usquepaugh, R.I. He died suddenly at his home in Rhode Island January 17, 1907. The cause if his death was dropsy and heart disease. The burial was at Old Mystic, Conn.

*info states he is buried in CT, but there is a stone for him at St. John's Cemetery in Northfield, VT.

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