LTC John Lovell Rice

LTC John Lovell Rice

Weathersfield, Windsor County, Vermont, USA
Death 21 Feb 1923 (aged 83)
Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Almira Path East
Memorial ID 37507868 · View Source
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Born in Weathersfield, Vermont; the family moved to Windsor, Vermont about 1849, then back to Weathersfield about 1852.

John moved to Cornish, New Hampshire about 1855. On May 31, 1861, he mustered in to Company A, New Hampshire 2nd Infantry Regiment (also known as the Cheshire Rifle Guard). John was shot through the body (or through the lung) during the Battle of First Bull Run (First Manassas) on July 21, 1861, and was left on the field. His family was notified of his death on July 26, and a funeral was held in Ascutneyville on July 28. John's obituary was published in Aurora of the Valley (Newbury, Vermont) on August 3, 1861. On August 17, 1861, the Vermont Journal (Windsor, Vermont)published this notice: "John L. Rice, of Cornish, whose funeral sermon was recently preached, and whose funeral sermon was published in this paper, it appears, is a prisoner at Richmond, and though wounded, is rapidly recovering." Newspaper accounts in 1862 state he was held prioner for about 6 months and spent a short furlough before returning to his company. On November 19, the Vermont Journal reported he had been promoted to Captain of the 16th New Hampshire.

He was promoted to Lt Colonel in December, 1862. On October 31, 1863, he was commissioned an officer in the United States Colored Troops, 75th Infantry, serving until mustering out November 25, 1865 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

John returned to Cornish, New Hampshire, where he and Marion J. Chellis married on January 8, 1867. He served as Postmaster in Springfield Massachusetts from 1884 to 1888.

From the obituary first printed in the Springfield Union (Springifeld, Massachusetts), then published in the Vermont Journal (Windsor, Vermont) on March 2, 1923: "... former city marshal, United States commissioner for 30 years and the oldest member of the Hampden County bar in point of years, died February 21 at his home in Springfield, Mass., at the age of 83 years. ... He was always interested in politics, a keen observer of current events, a man who was always in the midst of public life in Springfield, yet fondly recollected his past experiences and was puch interested in history, In fact, he was the author of several books on American history.*"

*"Rocher Fendu", John Lovell Rice (RG Badger & Co, Boston, Mass)

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