from the Rutland Daily Herald, May 8, 1939:
Alonzo Levins, 95, Rutland's last surviving Civil war soldier and a veteran of Company H, Sixth Vermont Infantry, died Saturday night at the Pratt convalescent home on Pine street where he had lived for two and one-half years. Mr. Levins was a native of Canada. He was born at St. Regis, Que., on March 4, 1844, but had lived in Rutland since boyhood.
He enlisted in the defense of the Union on March 20, 1862 when he was 18 years old, and was mustered out on June 20, 1865. He served under Gen. McClellan, Sherman and "Fighting Joe" Hooker, seeing active service in the Peninsular campaign and several of the major battles of the Rebellion.
Mr. Levins became orphaned at an early age, his father being killed by a falling tree when he was a baby and his mother dying shortly afterward. At the age of two, he was adopted by a family named Woodward and taken to Roxbury where he lived until he made his home in this city. He learned the painter's trade when a young man, following it for many years.
Mr. Levins was a past commander of Roberts post, Grand Army of the Republic, and an honorary member of Rutland lodge, B.P.O.E. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Minnie Munson of Boston and Mrs. Helen Kilcoyne of Watervliet, N.Y., six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
The body was moved to the Aldous funeral home on Church street where services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Frank W. Grippin, pastor of the Methodist church, will officiate. The burial will be in Evergreen cemetery. The church service will be preceded by reading of the Grand Army ritual tonight at 7:30 o'clock under the directions of the Sons of Union Veterans.
from the Rutland Daily Herald, May 10, 1939:
Alonzo Levins, Rutland's last soldier of the Civil war, who died Saturday at the age of 95, was buried yesterday with full military honors. Sons and daughters of men who fought beside Mr. Levins during the Rebellion and veterans of the World war joined in paying homage to the memory of the man who defended the Union and outlived all other Rutland men who took part in the conflict of 1861-65.
The services were held at the Aldous funeral home yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. Frank W. Grippin, Methodist pastor, officiating. The bearers were Fred S. Bishop, Archie J. Stewart, Samuel F. Bradford, Charles Brown and James J. Donnelly of this city and Willard Squier of Clarendon, members of Rutland post, Sons of Veterans.
There were floral tributes from Rutland post, American Legion, Rutland chapter, Yankee Division Veterans' association, Rutland lodge of Elks, Rutland camp, Sons of Veterans, Linda Richards tent, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Ladies' auxiliary to Sons of Veterans, Hotel Hamilton staff and many friends.
There also was a wreath bearing a card carrying the inscription "from Roberts post, G.A.R.," Mr. Levins having been the last surviving member.
The burial was in Evergreen cemetery where Rev. Grippin was assisted in the committal service by Alfred H. Koltonski, commander of Rutland post, American Legion. A squad from Company A., 172nd Infantry, V.N.G., fired three volleys over the grave as the flag-draped casket was lowered and Bugler Walter Hack sounded "Taps."
Among those from out of state who attended the funeral were Mrs. Minnie Munson of North Cambridge, Mass., and Mr. And Mrs. J.J. Kilcoyne, Mrs. Thomas Connau and Attorney Paul Flaherty of Watervliet, N.Y.
Priv., Co. H., 6 Inf., 1 Brig., VT Vols. 1862 - 1865
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