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Maynard, Henry D., Middlebury, was born in Starksboro, Addison county, Vt., on October 31, 1834. His parents were Leland and Mary (Elliott) Maynard. He was educated in the common schools. He was thrown on his own resources at an early age, his father having died before he was six years old. He went to New Haven, Vt., and there engaged in farming for two years. When nineteen years old he served as an apprentice, and after acquiring the trade he worked as a journeyman until September, 1861, when he enlisted in Company A, Sixth Vermont, and with that regiment participated in engagements at Lee’s Mills, and was in the Seven Days and Peninsular campaign; was at Antietam, after which he was taken to the hospital through disability. In January, 1863, he again returned to the regiment, and was at the charge on Fredericksburgh Heights in May, 1863; then at the battle of Gettysburgh. He re-enlisted and served in the field until March, 1864, when a contusion of the right knee compelled him to be removed to Finley’s United States Hospital, where he was transferred to first battalion V, R. C., unassigned, and served as ward master until discharged from Stovill, on July 26, 1865. He returned to civil life in November, 1865; came to East Middlebury, Vt., and opened a blacksmith shop, which be conducted until 1882, when diseases which be contracted in service compelled him to retire from active life. He was justice of the peace in 1867, and has been almost every year since. He now occupies that position; was elected selectman in March, 1886. He was married in April, 1858, to Eliza M. Perhan. They have had four children born to them, all of whom are now living. He joined Company M, First Regiment, N. G. of Vt., as second lieutenant, October, 1873; was promoted to first lieutenant August, 1874; to captain June, 1875; resigned May, 1877.

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