Billy Buskin-Faithful Companion

Another of my Who in the State of Mom Blogspot post
Originally Posted Friday, April 20, 2012

Faithful Companion

Today’s research finds me at the Church Cemetery, Wilmot, Merrimack, New Hampshire. Gravestones offer interesting bits of life from those that are Heaven Found. Frances Chase knew the importance of a faithful companion in the time of battle during the Civil War. So here is his dedication to that faithful companion “Billy Buckskin was a horse that belonged to Francis Chase and was a veteran of the civil war. His grave is marked each year with a flag, on Memorial Day.”
6 January 2017 update:
Francis E. Chase was born 29 Jan 1829 in Fitchburg, Worcester, Massachusetts to Joseph Chase and Harriet Phelps.
The Find A Grave bio provides an overview of Mr. Chases life and military service.
Pine Hill Cemetery Google Street View

Birth:     Jan. 29, 1829

Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA

Death: Feb. 21, 1908

Wilmot Flat, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA


From “A Glimpse of the Past-A History of Wilmot, NH” by Langley:

“Ripley’s famous “Believe it or Not” column in the May 30, 1965 issue of The Boston Advertiser immortalized Wilmot’s remarkable Civil War Horse.”The Grave of a Horse….Francis E. Chase owned a horse named Billy Buskin. The horse was Mr. Francis Chase’s saddle horse he rode all through the Civil War. Mr. Chase was a wagon master of an ammunition train. The horse was given to Mr. Chase by the government when he received his discharge. The horse lived to be over 30 years old. Mr. Chase had a dog named Captain and he lived to be a very old dog and was a constant companion to Billy Buskin and Mr. Chase.” (Letter received from Mr. Fred W. Chase, grandson of Mr. Francis E. Chase, June 3, 1964.) The horse and the dog are buried side by side on the former Chase farm in Wilmot Flat. The G.A.R. of Wilmot started the custom of putting a flag on the horse’s grave each Memorial Day, and the custom has been followed each year. In 1973, Myrtle T. Newcomb, who lived on the former Chase farm gave the town a parcel of land enclosing the Civil War graves of horse Billy Buskin and dog Captain. The Bicentennial Committee placed a plaque at the site near Chase Pond. The marker reads “This plaque marks the grave of Billy Buskin, a horse ridden through the Civil War by Captain Francis E. Chase who lived across the road.” The horse’s bridal was given to the Wilmot Historical Society by Mr. Chase’s great-great Grandson, Edward F. Chase of Plymouth, NH, and is in their room at the old schoolhouse in Wilmot Flat.”

Family links:


Joseph Chase (1804 – 1873)

Harriet Phelps Chase (1809 – 1880)



Harriet Emily Bussell Chase (1831 – 1902)

Lucy Jane Fowler Langley (1842 – 1915)



Charles Edwin Chase (1850 – 1925)*

George Byron Chase (1852 – 1893)*

Austin E Chase (1857 – 1859)*



Francis E Chase (1829 – 1908)

Lydia Alvira Chase Dame (1830 – 1891)*

Lurany K. Chase Flanders (1846 – 1911)*


*Calculated relationship



Pine Hill Cemetery

Wilmot Flat, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA


Created by: Brande Watson

Record added: Jul 17, 2005

Find A Grave Memorial# 11370757

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