Vermont  GAR Veteran Private Nelson Valyou

On July 4, 2020, Nelson Valyou was honored for his service in the Civil War in a grave marking ceremony in Holy Family Cemetery, Essex Junction, Vermont, where a GAR marker was placed on his grave.

In attendance were four generations of his descendants, including two great-great-great grandchildren, and members of the Essex Community Historical Society and the Daughters of the Union.

Pvt. Valyou enlisted in the 17th Vermont Regiment, Company K, on September 10, 1864. He was mustered in on September 14, 1864, and mustered out on June 2, 1865.  After Pvt. Valyou enlisted, the 17th Vermont saw action in Virginia including Petersburg.

Pvt. Valyou was born in Colchester, Vermont in 1845, but lived most of his life in Essex Junction.  The last 15 years of his life he lived on South Street.  He continued to march in Essex Junction parades until three years before his death in 1930 at the age of 85.

Pictures show his grave site with the GAR marker in place and a picture of him as well as a picture of his Civil War medal given to him by the Sherman GAR Post.


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