Billy Buskin Civil War Memorial, Wilmot, NH
What's the story - Wilmot Civil War memorial
Author(s): MARGOT SANGER-KATZ
Date: December 18, 2006
Page: B01 / Section: Local/State

WALKERS IN WILMOT Flat may notice an unusual Civil War memorial. Alongside the former Chase Farm lies a plaque dedicated to an equine veteran of that war. Billy Buskin, a horse who lived to the unusual age of 30, was buried here by his owner.

Capt. Francis Chase, who rode Billy Buskin throughout the war, was a wagon master of an ammunition train during the war, according to Florence Langley's history of Wilmot, Glimpse of the Past.

Chase originally asked for special permission to bury his companion with the Chase family in the town's Pine Hill Cemetery, said Barbara Sanborn, a town historical society member and a member of the bicentennial committee that created the monument. The cemetery said no, so Chase buried Buskin near his home.

Descendents of Chase donated the plot to the town in 1973, along with the nearby plot where Chase's dog, Captain, rests.

MARGOT SANGER-KATZ

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