From the Rutland Daily Herald, March 21, 1910 [very poor quality microfilm]:
Henry Wilkins, who at the age of 15 years enlisted in the Union army and fought throughout the remainder of the Civil war, participating in [illegible] battles, died at his home on Grove street Saturday morning after a long illness.
Mr. Wilkins was a native of St. Albans and was the son of Richard and Helen Hope Wilkins. When the war began the boy, like many others, experienced an overpowering desire to become a soldier and not long afterward he enlisted with Company K, 123rd New York regiment. For [illegible] years he carried a musket, fighting in some notable engagements. He served under Gen. Slocum in the Battle of the Potomac and also participated in the Battle of Lookout Mountain, in Tennessee.
He was slightly wounded in a battle in front of Kennesaw mountains, in Georgia, and letters of recommendation received after his honorable discharge from officers under whom he served speak of him in the highest terms of praise.
At the close of the war Mr. Wilkins returned to Vermont and attended Castleton seminary. He then enlisted in the regular army and was honorably discharged after three years of service, remaining in Calumet, Mich., for a few years.
After leaving Calumet, Mr. Wilkins returned to Vermont and in [illegible] he was married to Mrs. Mary E. D[illegible] of Proctor, who survives him. He also leaves a daughter, Mrs. Herman of Calumet; three sisters, Mrs. Harriet Flint of Munson, Me., Mrs. [illegible] Pritchard of Oregon, and Mrs. [illegible] Potter of Hoosick Falls, N.Y. and two brothers, Fred Wilkins of Munson, Me. And George Wilkins of Portland, Ore.
Mr. Wilkins had been a member of the firm of Wilkins & Mead who conduct a creamery and grocery store on Granger street, for a number of years, and previously was manager of the J.B. Estey Organ company's store, then located in Rutland.
The funeral will be held at the house tomorrow morning at 11 o'clock and the services will be in charge of Roberts post, No. 14, G.A.R., of which he was a member.
Co. K., 123rd Regt. N.Y. Vols.
Mary E. Johnson Wilkins
1850–1933 (m. 1890)
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