Thank you, thank you, thank you, if I were there I would hug both your neck and Jim's too for all the help you have given me.
My gg-grandfather died when his children was very young. They virtually knew nothing about him. My gr-grandfather was 7 years old. So many family legends were told on this man that it was silly. I could find no basis for any of them, now things are adding up.
He is the only Union soldier on either side of my family and I think that had a lot to do with the "legends" as more and more are starting to fit together. I don't care if he is Union or Confederate, he is my grandfather and I am proud of him and I find this information sad, but also very enlighting into the life of a man and the horror he suffered. Two years is a long time.
As far as Vermont folks not sharing, I have also sent for and paid for 4 different documents; marriage, death cert.,Historical Society, etc. , but have not received one document. There are no databases anywhere are at the Vermont Archives for these records or Military either. No books, no indexs, no databases , nothing. I will send no more money to Vermont until I know I not spinning my wheels.
He did go west. He married my grandmother (she was born in MS. and had two brothers that fought as Confederate's, one did not make it back home) in Texas in 1871, they had 7 children (5 surviving) and he was murdered in Dec. 1888, Tombstone, AZ.
Thank you , I appreciate everyone's help so so much.