39th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company “K”
"Woburn National Rangers"

 


Avery, Michael – Priv. – Res. Woburn; 30; shoemaker; enl. July 19, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; killed May 10, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va.

Bacon, Jonas – Priv. – Res. Woburn; 19; japaneer; enl. July 27, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; prisoner Aug. 18, 1864; Weldon Railroad, Va.; died Dec. 30, 1864, Salisbury, N. C., a Prisoner of War.

Baldwin, Micah B. – Priv. – Res. Woburn; 28; harness maker; enl. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded May 10, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va.; prisoner Aug. 18, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va.; paroled Feb. 28, 1865; must. Out May 23, 1865.

Bancroft, Albert – Priv. – Res. Woburn; 19; farmer; enl. July 27, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; Must. Out June 2, 1865.

Barrett, Albert P. – Priv. – Res. Woburn; 18; printer; enl. July 19, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded May 10, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va.; must. out June 2, 1865.

Barrett, William T. – Priv. – Res. Woburn; 24; clerk; enl. July 27, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; died of disease, Jan. 29, 1863, Washington, D. C.

Boutwell, Asa – Priv. – Res. Woburn; 26; butcher; enl. July 27, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; disch. For disability, May 5, 1863.

Bradley, Thomas H. – Priv. – Res. Woburn; 18; japaneer; enl. July 24, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded March 31, 1865, White Oak Road, Va.; must. out May 26, 1865, while absent wounded.

Brannagan, John – Priv. – Res. Woburn; 21; blacksmith; enl. July 28, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded May 10, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va.; prisoner Aug. 18, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va.; died Jan. 19, 1865, Salisbury, N. C., a Prisoner of War.

Brown, Alvin G. – Priv. – Res. Woburn; 20; printer; enl. July 24, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; must. out May 18, 1865.

Brown, William P. – Sergt. – Res. Woburn; 21, clerk; enl. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; must. out June 2, 1865.  See Co. “I” 5th Mass. Inf. (3 mos).

Bryant, Francis M. – Priv. – Res. Woburn; 18; laborer; enl. July 22, 1862; prisoner Aug. 18, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va.; died Jan. 29, 1865, Salisbury, N. C., a Prisoner of War.

Bush, Charles – Priv. – Res. Woburn; 25; teamster; enl. and must. Feb. 27, 1864; prisoner May 8, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va.; re-captured May 9, 1864; wounded April 1, 1865, Five Forks, Va.; must. Out July 14, 1865.

Butler, Moses – Priv. – Res. Woburn; 37; currier; enl. and must. Feb. 25, 1864; prisoner Aug. 18, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va.; died Jan. 11, 1865, Salisbury, N. C., a Prisoner Of War.

Cady, David W. – Priv. – Res. Woburn; 25; farmer; enl. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; disch. For disability, June 18, 1863, Washington, D. C.

Carpenter, Alonzo D. – Priv. – Res. Woburn; 32; currier; enl. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded April 4, 1865, Appomattox Campaign; disch. for wounds, June 28, 1865.

Chase, John – Priv. – Res. Woburn; 22; shoemaker; enl. July 23, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; transf. To V. R. C., Feb. 16, 1864; disch. July 3, 1865, as of Co. “I” 2nd V. R. C.

Choate, William M. – Music – Res. Woburn; 19; photographer; enl. July 19, 1962; must. Aug. 22, 1862; disch. for disability, Feb. 12, 1863, Washington, D. C.

Colby, Freeman E. – Priv. – Res. Woburn; 22; farmer; enl. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; must. out June 2, 1865.

Colby, Newton G. – Priv. – Res. Woburn; 19; farmer; enl. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; disch. for disability, Dec. 29, 1862, Washington, D. C.  Served also in the V. R. C., to the credit of New Hampshire, from Aug. 19, 1864 to Nov. 14, 1865.

Colgate, Charles H. – Priv. – Res. Woburn; 19; currier; enl. and must. Dec. 15, 1863; prisoner Aug. 19, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va.; exchanged May 11, 1865; must. out June 29, 1865

Conn, Charles K. – Priv. – Res. Woburn; 20; bookkeeper; enl. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; prom. Sergt. Major, April 28, 1864; wounded and prisoner, May 8, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va., comm. 2d Lieut., July 20, 1864; must. Feb. 2, 1865; paroled prisoner, Oct. 1864; comm. 1st Lieut., Dec. 20, 1864; must. March 1, 1865, wounded Feb. 6, 1865, Hatcher's Run, Va., must. out June 2, 1865, as 1st Lieut. of Co. "G".

Connoly, Hugh - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 21; currier; enl. July 23, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; died of disease, Nov. 25, 1862. Offutt's Cross Roads, Md.

Cronan, Jeremiah - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 36; shoemaker; enl. and must. Aug. 22, 1862; deserted Sept. 2, 1862, Boxford, Mass.

Curry, Robert - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 39; shoemaker; enl. and must. Aug. 22, 1862; prisoner May 8, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va.; re-captured May 9, 1864; prisoner Aug. 18, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., died Oct. 20, 1864, at Salisbury, N. C., of disease, a Prisoner of War.

Dean, George Warren - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 22; shoemaker; enl. and must. Dec. 28, 1863; prisoner Aug. 19, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., paroled Oct. 9, 1864; transf. June 1865 to 32nd Mass. Inf.  See 6th Battery Mass. Lt. Arty., as George Dean; and Co. "L" 32nd Mass. Inf.

Dean, Joseph G. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 41; Butcher; enl. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; must. out June 2, 1865.  See Co. "G" 5th Mass. Inf. (3 mos.)

Dean, Joshua H. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 18; shoemaker; enl. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded Feb. 6, 1865, Hatcher's Run, Va., must. out June 2, 1865.

Dennett, George H. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 18; clerk; enl. July 24, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; transf. to V. R. C., Feb. 15, 1864; re-transf. to 39th Mass. Inf., Aug. 16, 1864; prom. Sergt. Major, Feb. 1, 1865; wounded March 31, 1865, White Oak Road, Va., comm. 2nd Lieut., April 3, 1865; not must.; must. out June 2, 1865, as Sergt. Major.

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Dennett, Robert M. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 23, salesman; enl. and must. Nov. 19, 1863; wounded March 31, 1865, White Oak Road, Va., as Corpl.; died of wounds, April 12, 1865, Washington, D. C.  See Co. "F" 22nd Mass. Inf.

Doherty, Peter - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 21; japanner; enl. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded May 8, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va., died of wounds, May 19, 1864, Washington, D. C. 

Doherty, Philip - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 18; currier; enl. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded May 8, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va., and Aug. 18, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., must. out May 15, 1865.

Doorley, James - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 33; teamster; enl. July 27, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded May 8, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va., disch. for disability, Feb. 13, 1865.

Downing, Jonathan P. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 27; Butcher; enl. July 26, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded May 10, 1864; Laurel Hill, Va., must. out June 2, 1865.

Drown, Samuel H. - Corpl. - Res. Woburn; 28; japanner; enl. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; disch. for disability, April 27, 1863, Philadelphia, Penna.

Earle, Anthony - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 24; clerk; transf. June 25, 1864, from 12th Mass. Inf.; disch. Jany. 5, 1865, for promotion.  See Co. "E" 12th Mass. Inf.; and Co. "H" 61st Mass. Inf. (1 yr.)

Eaton, Cyrus A. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 38; shoemaker; enl. July 31, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded May 10, 1864; Laurel Hill, Va., died of wounds, May 29, 1864, Washington, D. C. 

Eaton, Parker - Corpl. - Res. Woburn; 35; currier; enl. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; must. out June 2, 1865.

Edgecomb, Noah - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 43; carpenter; enl. July 29, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; transf. to V. R. C., Sept. 12, 1863; must. out June 30, 1865, as of Co. "D" 7th V. R. C.

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Finn, Michael - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 18; baker; enl. and must. Dec. 8, 1863; prisoner May 8, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va., died Oct. 3, 1864, Danville, Va., a Prisoner of War.

Flint, Thomas W. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 18; currier; enl. July 24, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; must. out June 2, 1865.

Flynn, John - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 30; laborer; enl. July 28, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; deserted Sept. 7, 1862, Philadelphia, Penna.

Foster, Irving - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 21; currier; enl. July 24, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; killed June 18, 1864, Petersburg, Va.

Fowle, George E. - Corpl. - Res. Woburn; 25; carpenter; enl. July 21, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; comm. 2d Lieut., Jany. 15, 1865, no must., wounded Feb. 6, 1865, Hatcher's Run, Va., must. out May 18, 1865, while absent wounded, a Sergt.

Garrigan, John - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 29; currier; enl. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; disch. for disability, Oct. 26, 1862, Washington, D. C.

Gilcreast, John - Sergt. - Res. Woburn; 29; painter; enl. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded May 10, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va., disch. for wounds, March 7, 1865, Washington, D. C., a 1st Sergt.

Forward...March!

Gleason, Albert - Priv. - Res. North Woburn; 18; occu.___; enl. Sept. 18, 1863; must. Sept. 20, 1863; wounded June 18, 1864, Petersburg, Va., disch. May 16, 1865, for wounds.

Harris, Otis S. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 18; shoemaker; enl. July 21, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded May 10, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va., must. out June 2, 1865.

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Haskins, William H. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 21; cabinet maker; enl. July 23, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded May 10, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va., died of wounds, May 31, 1864, Washington, D. C. 

Hooper, Samuel T. - Corpl. - Res. Woburn; 24; currier; enl. July 24, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; prisoner Aug. 19, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., escaped April 12, 1865; must. out June 2, 1865.

Hoskins, Edward - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 18; laborer; enl. and must. Jany.1, 1864; prisoner Aug. 19, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., paroled Oct. 9, 1864; transf. June, 1865, to 32d Mass. Inf.  See Co. "A" 32d Mass. Inf.

Houghton, Edward J. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 19; mariner; enl. July 19, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; transf. to Navy, April 19, 1864.  See U. S. Navy.

Howard, Henry - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 36; shoemaker; enl. July 20, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; disch. for disability, July 6, 1863, Philadelphia, Penna.  See Co. "B" 59th Mass. Inf.

Ingerson, Nathaniel - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 41; shoemaker; enl. Aug. 15, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; disch. for disability, Nov. 13, 1862, Washington, D. C. 

Johnson, Charles H. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 18; clerk; enl. July 21, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; must. out June 2, 1865, as Corpl.

Jones, William H. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 31; shoemaker; enl. July 27, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; prisoner Aug. 19, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., paroled March 20, 1865; must. out June 2, 1865.

Kingsbury, Charles H. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 33; peddler; enl. Aug. 18, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; prisoner Aug. 19, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., paroled March 20, 1865; must. out June 22, 1865.

LeBaron, William H. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 19; iron founder; enl. July 23, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; must. out June 2, 1865.

Leslie, Albert S. - Sergt. - Res. Woburn; 26; shoemaker; enl. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; must. out June 2, 1865; as 1st Sergt.  See Co. "C" 5th Mass. Inf. (3 mos)

Leslie, James F. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 21; clerk; enl. July 21, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; prisoner Aug. 19, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., exchanged Nov. 25, 1864; must. out June 2, 1865.

Libby, James C. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 36; drover; enl. July 29, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded June 18, 1864, Petersburg, Va., transf. to V. R. C., date not shown; must. out June 26, 1865, as of Co. "F" 9th V. R. C.

Linscott, Andrew R. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 18; clerk; enl. July 23, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; must. out June 2, 1865, as Corpl.

Linscott, Charles F. - Corpl. - Res. Woburn; 20; clerk; enl. July 27, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; disch. May 30, 1865, for promotion.  See Officer U. S. Col. Troops.

Linscott, George W. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 19; clerk; enl. July 27, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; must. out June 2, 1865.

Linscott, Josiah P. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 18; mariner; enl. July 29, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; transf. to V. R. C., March 6, 1864; must. out June 30, 1865, as of Co. "F" 20th V. R. C. 

Lombard, Richard - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 33; shoemaker; enl. July 24, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; prisoner Aug. 10, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., exchanged March 10, 1865; must. out June 2, 1865.

McCarthy, John - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 35; shoemaker; enl. July 19, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded May 10, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va., and Feb. 7, 1865, near Hatcher's Run, Va.; must. out June 2, 1865.

McCarthy, Thomas - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 24; shoemaker; enl. and must. Dec. 26, 1863; wounded May 24, 1864, North Anna River, Va., transf. to V. R. C., date not shown; disch. for disability, June 23, 1865, as of 39th Co. 2d Battln. V. R. C.

McDevitt, William - Sergt. - Res. Woburn; 19; currier; enl. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded May 8, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va., comm. 2d Lieut., Sept. 15, 1864; must. Feb. 2, 1865; comm. 1st Lieut., April 3, 1865; not must.; must. out June 2, 1865, as 2d Lieut. of Co. "C".  See Co. "F" 5th Mass. Inf. (3 mos)

McFeeley, Samuel - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 20; carpenter; enl. July 23, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; must. out June 2, 1865, as Sergt.

McGoff, James - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 25; currier; enl. and must. Dec. 28, 1863; wounded May 10, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va., must. out June 30, 1865, while absent wounded.

McGuire, John - Priv. - Res. ___; 21;p shoemaker; transf. July 14, 1864, from 13th Mass. Inf.; prisoner Aug. 19, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., escaped March, 1865; must. out June 20, 1865.  See Co. "C" 13th Mass. Inf.

McKenna, William - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 43; shoemaker; enl. July 29, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; deserted May 25, 1863; Washington, D. C.

Mahoney, Timothy - Corpl. - Res. Woburn; 41; shoemaker; enl. July 20, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; prisoner Aug. 19, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., exchanged March 12, 1865; must. out June 2, 1865.

Marran, Thomas - Teamster - Res. Woburn; 24; shoemaker; enl. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; prisoner Aug. 19, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., died Oct. 24, 1864, of disease, at Annapolis, Md.

Murray, Sylvester - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 21; shoemaker; enl. July 28, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded May 8, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va., transf. to V. R. C., Jany., 1865; disch. April 12, 1865, as of 131st Co., 2d Battln, V. R. C.

O'Brien, William - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 29; mariner; enl. July 27, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded May 10, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va., disch. June 2, 1865.

O'Connor, Cornelius - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 18; currier; enl. and must. Dec. 29, 1863; wounded May 14, 1864, near Spotsylvania, Va., transf. to V. R. C., April 27, 1865; must. out Aug. 12, 1865; as of 23d Co. 2d Battln., V. R. C., while absent wounded.  See U.S. Navy.

O'Donald, Edward - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 35; laborer; enl. Aug. 18, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; prisoner Aug. 18, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., exchanged March 10, 1865; must. out June 2, 1865.

Parker, Theodore M. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 30; mason; enl. July 28, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded Aug. 17, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., must. out June 2, 1865.

Parker, T. Marvin - Corpl. - Res. Woburn; 24; clerk; enl. July 19, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; transf. to V. R. C., date not shown; disch. July 14, 1865, as of 17th Co. 2d Battln. V. R. C.

Parks, Charles T. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 37; currier; enl. July 27, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; disch. for disability, May 2, 1864, Boston, Mass.

Sergeant...Have your men form a line over there...

Parks, Peter, Jr. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 33. shoemaker; enl. July 29, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; prisoner Aug. 18, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., died Jany. 27, 1865, Salisbury, N. C., a Prisoner of War.

Persons, Herbert J. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 18; clerk; enl. and must. Dec. 23, 1863; transf. June, 1865, to 32d Mass. Inf.  See Co. "A" 32d Mass. Inf.

Persons, Oscar - 1st Sergt. - Res. Woburn; 24; silversmith; enl. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; comm. 2d Lieut., Feb. 4, 1863; must. Feb. 19, 1863; disch. for disability, Oct. 24, 1863; as 2d Lieut. of Co. "D".  See Co. "I" 5th Mass. Inf. (3 mos.)

Pollard, George F. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 21; clerk; enl. July 24, 1862, must. Aug. 22, 1862; killed May 8, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va., as Corpl.

Poole, Rufus F. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 23; shoemaker; enl. July 29, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; must. out June 2, 1865.

Ramsdell, Julius F. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 18; currier; enl. and must. Dec. 15, 1863; prisoner Aug. 19, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., paroled Oct. 9, 1864; transf. June, 1865, to 32d Mass. Inf.  See Co. "A" 32d Mass. Inf.

Reddy, George H. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 18; stiffening cutter; enl. and must. Dec. 26, 1863; wounded May 10, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va., deserted July 27, 1864, from hospl., New Haven, Conn.

Reed, Moses D. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 28; shoemaker; enl. July 29, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; prisoner Aug. 19, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., exchanged Feb. 25, 1865; died of disease, March 8, 1865, Annapolis, Md.

Richardson, Albert H. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 18, occu.------; enl. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded May 12, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va., prisoner Aug. 19, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., exchanged March 12, 1865, must. out June 2, 1865.

Richardson, Alonzo L. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 18, butcher; enl. and must. Dec. 29, 1863; disch. for disability, July 11, 1865.

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Richardson, John I. - Captain - Res. Woburn; 44; mason; comm. July 22, 1862; disch. for disability, March 29, 1864.

Richardson, Samuel, Jr. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 29; carpenter; enl. July 20, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded May 12, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va., prisoner Aug. 19, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., exchanged March 12, 1865; died of disease, March 23, 1865, at Annapolis, Md., as Corpl.

Riley, John O. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 35; laborer; enl. July 29, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; transf. to V. R. C., Jany. 9, 1864; re-transf. to 39th Mass. Inf., Feb. 19, 1864; prisoner May 8, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va.; re-captured May 9, 1864; wounded June 18, 1864, Petersburg, Va., and March 31, 1865, White Oak Road, Va., must. out June 27, 1865, while absent wounded.

Sanborn, Orin - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 26; gas pipe maker; enl. July 28, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; must. out June 2, 1865, as Corpl.

Sawyer, Augustus T. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 36; printer; enl. July 30, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; killed May 10, 1864; Laurel Hill, Va.

Scott, Charles - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 29; carpenter; enl. Aug. 20, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; prisoner Aug. 18, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., died Oct. 17, 1864, Salisbury, N. C., a Prisoner of War.

Searls, Loring - Corpl. - Res. Woburn; 36; shoemaker; enl. July 28, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; must. out June 2, 1865.

Shehan, John H. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 18; teamster; enl. July 29, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded May 10, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va.,; prisoner Aug. 19, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., paroled March 20, 1865; must. out May 23, 1865.

When Johnny comes marching home again...Hoorah...Hoorah!

Shehan, Timothy - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 44; carpenter; enl. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; died of disease, March 10, 1864, Mitchell's Station, Va.

Smith, Frederick M. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 23; trader; enl. July 27, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; disch. for disability, Feb. 16, 1863.

Spokesfield, Ferdinand - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 18; farmer; enl. July 23, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; wounded and prisoner, Aug. 19, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., paroled Aug. 22, 1864; disch. for wounds, Feb. 4, 1865.

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Sprague, George A. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 18; shoe cutter; enl. and must. Dec. 23, 1863; prisoner Aug. 19, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., died Oct. 25, 1864, Salisbury, N. C., a Prisoner of War.

Stagles, William E. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 19; barber; enl. July 29, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; disch. for disability, May 5, 1863; Portsmouth Grove, R. I.

Stowers, William C. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 18; printer; enl. and must. Feb. 25, 1864; transf. June, 1865, to 32d Mass. Inf.  See Co. "A" 32d Mass. Inf.

Tabor, Newell Z. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 30; japanner; enl. and must. Jany. 5, 1864; wounded May 10, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va., transf. June, 1865, to 32d Mass. Inf.  See Co. "G" 5th Mass. Inf. (9 mos.); and Co. "D" 32d Mass. Inf.

Thompson, Abijah, 2d - Sergt. - Res. Woburn; 39; trader; enl. July 29, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; must. out June 2, 1865.

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Tidd, Luke R. - 1st Lieut. - Res. Woburn; 39; shoe manufacturer; comm. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; prisoner Aug. 19, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va., exchanged Feb. 23, 1865; comm. Captain, April 3, 1865; not must.; must. out June 2, 1865, as 1st Lieut.

Waite, Silas - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 26; farmer; enl. July 27, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; killed May 8,  1864, Laurel Hill, Va.

Walker, Louis M. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 19; shoemaker; enl. and must. Jany 5, 1864; wounded June 18, 1864, Petersburg, Va., died of wounds, June 30, 1864, Washington, D. C. 

Warren, Benjamin F. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 23; carpenter; enl. July 27, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; died of disease, Dec. 26, 1863, Culpepper, Va.

Warren, William P. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 26; shoemaker; enl. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; must. out June 2, 1865, as Corpl.

West, Francis - Priv. - Res. Medford; 22; farmer; enl. and must. Jany 21, 1864; died of disease, July 25, 1864, City Point, Va.

Wilson, Orville A.  - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 24; shoemaker; enl. Aug. 19, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; disch. for disability, Oct. 23, 1862, at Washington, D. C.

Wyman, Luke F. - 2d Lieut. - Res. Woburn; 27; shoemaker; comm. July 22, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; comm. 1st Lieut., March 30, 1864; must. April 14, 1864; prisoner May 8, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va., re-captured May 9, 1864; wounded June 18, 1864, Petersburg, Va., must. out May 8, 1865, to date Feb. 18, 1865, as 1st Lieut. of Co. "H", for promotion.  See Co. "I" 5th Mass. Inf. (3 mos.); and Officer U. S. Vols.

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Letter of George F. Pollard

Union soldiers letter, I.D.’d from George F. Pollard, Co. K., 39th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, written to his friend Emily on November 2, 1862.  In this correspondence he discusses home politics, fighting at Leesburg, the capture of Rebel prisoners, and general camp news.   Also, Pollard describes an incident involving the destruction of a Virginian farmers fence for firewood and the subsequent return of plunder.  The letter was written as follows:

 

Big Muddy Branch, [Va.]
Nov. 2, 1862

           

To: Emily
From: George Pollard 
   
    39th Mass. Reg’t., Co.K
                                                                                   

 Dear Emily,
    Perhaps, under most circumstances, it is not well to make a practice of writing letters Sunday, but I think there cannot be much harm derived from my sitting quietly beneath the shade of this large tree, upon this bright and beautiful Sabbath morning with no one near me but “that ever friend of a soldier”--my gun--to direct my thoughts to Woburn and home by writing a letter to you.

    I sent you a note the other day by a letter Billie sent, informing you what you might send me, but I don’t know but it is asking too much, if it is you need not send it.  I have as many clothes as I can carry, and when I get in winter quarters if I want any underclothing...

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...I can get it from the government.  I was much interested to hear of the politics of Woburn, but I hope there will be hard working Republicans enough to defeat the “People’s Party,” and I should think there might be if they nominate George Conn, for Rep.

    I am glad to learn you have at last got a minister, and I hope he may labor long & well in the field which he has been called.  It gave me great pleasure to know that I was not forgotten--that I was still retained in the memory of Miss Lane.  Please give her my love when you see her again. Informed George D. that his folks were rather impatient to hear from him, to which he replied he didn’t care if they were, he was not going to write until he had received a letter from home.  There being so many at home, he thought they might write a little oftener, but he received one from Maria yesterday and probably will answer it soon.  He said they did...

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...not say anything about Robert going into the Navy.

Things are going along about the same in Camp.  Thursday we heard some firing some ways off.  Friday it sounded plainer, and all day yesterday and today we have heard it incessantly, so there is some big fighting going on somewhere, at Leesburg, I believe, and we are waiting with all patience to hear the particulars.  We hear from one of the couriers to the General, who is, by the way, only a little way from us, that we had captured 1500 Rebels, and 150 passed by us on a canal boat this morning.

    Last Friday the Regt. was reviewed by the Colonel.  We were obliged to stand and march for two hours at Shoulder Arms, which was very tiresome.  We were then inspected, our knapsacks and all.  In the afternoon we answered to the mustering roll, and will probably get our pay in a few days.

    Yesterday a little incident occurred in camp which I will relate to you-...

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...first you must know that our Company can do nothing without being punished for it, other companies can do what they please, but we, whether it is hooking pigs or straw or getting rails for firewood, are always sure to get found out.  Yesterday the cooks wanted some wood.  We saw the other companies had got some rails, so we thought we would get some, so we started for a fence a little way off, and each one brought one or more to camp.  We had hardly got in when I saw the owner ride up to the Col’s. Quarters, and thought there was some trouble about the wood, and soon after the Capt. was ordered to have all the rails brought at the head of our street, and all other Captains received the same order, so all of them were brought there, and then each man shouldered one and under the command of Lieut. Wyman had to carry them to the house of the owner and then wherever he wished them.  There was about 120 or 30 of us and we mad quite a comical...

                                                            (5)


...appearance, and the Colonel himself, who is a very dignified person, could not help laughing as he saw us marching off, each one, with a long rail on his shoulder.  This being the first time we had transgressed in this particular--while other companies had been using them for a week or more.  We thought it was rather hard.  But you better believe I didn’t carry mine a great distance.  As soon as we got outside of the Camp, I laid it on the side of the road and helped George Fowle carry his.  We had to lug them about one half mile.  Just before we got to the house, thinking we might be counted, the officer, knowing each man started with one, I let George take his, and I got me one--a small one--off the fence.  When we got to the place of our destination, I guess there was not more than 50 rails.  Oh, they don’t make much out of us Mass. boys.

    We are having splendid weather.  Today it seems more like...

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...the 2nd day in June than Nov.  It is fine weather for Joseph and you to come out here.  You must come, you will enjoy it so much and you may never have another so good an opportunity and you know, I shan’t want that money for I am going to work as soon as I get home and earn some more.  We had a call from Dr. E. Cutter last week.  We were out on parade when he came.  Of course, we were surprised as well as glad to see him.  His stay with us short.  It seemed good to see someone from Woburn.

    We have just been informed that there will be services this afternoon.  They will be the first I have attended and I expect to enjoy them very much.

    Tell Sis I am expecting a letter from her every day, and you all must write soon.  Arrangements have now been made so we will receive three mails a week and I want a letter from two of them.

               With lots of love I remain Yours Truly,                                            

                                                                                                                      Geo. F. Pollard

 

(Pollard, George F. - Priv. - Res. Woburn; 21; clerk; enl. July 24, 1862, must. Aug. 22, 1862; killed May 8, 1864, Laurel Hill, Va., as Corpl.)

This letter was transcribed by its owner, John Krotec and I thank him most profusely for the use of it here on this site - one dedicated to the men of the 39th...

 


Thirty-Ninth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry
Three Years
     

The 39th Regt. Mass. Vol. Inf. was recruited in the late summer of 1862 in towns and cities in the eastern part of the State. It went into camp first at Lynnfield, but was later transferred to Camp Stanton, Boxford. Here Col. P. Stearns Davis took command Sept. 1, and on the following day the lost two companies, G and H, were mustered into the service.

     On Sept. 6 the regiment left for Washington City arriving two days later and being sent to Camp Chase on Arlington Heights. Here it was assigned to Briggs' Brigade of Casey's Division of Reserves. About the middle of the month the 39th was sent with the other troops of the brigade to guard the north bank of the Potomac River from Seneca Creek to Conrad's Ferry. Stationed at first at Conrad's Ferry, on Oct. 14 it was transferred to Seneca Creek where it was assigned to Grover's Brigade. From the 11th of November, 1862, to January 5,1863, Col. Davis commanded the brigade. Winter camp was established at Poolesville, Md., and here the regiment remained until April, 1863, when it returned to Washington and there did guard duty until after the battle of Gettysburg in July of that year.
     Leaving Washington July 9, it was assigned to a provisional brigade commanded by Gen. Henry S. Briggs, and on July 12 joined the Army of the Potomac at Funkstown. Md. Here the brigade was assigned to Robinson's (2d) Division, Newton's (1st) Corps. Transferred to Rappahannock Station, it here became a part of Coulter's (1st) Brigade. The regiment served through the campaign of the fall in the vicinity of the Rappahannock, and participated in the Mine Run Campaign in the latter part of November.
     The winter of 1863--64 was spent at Mitchell's Station near the Cedar Mountain battlefield, Col. Leonard now commanding the brigade. In the consolidation of the Army of the Potomac into three corps in the latter part of the winter Robinson's Division became the 2d Division of Warren's (5th) Corps. May 4, 1864, the 39th broke camp and started for Germanna Ford, crossing at midday and proceeding with the 5th Corps to the vicinity of Wilderness Tavern. It was engaged on the Orange pike in the Wilderness May 5 and 6, Col. Lyle succeeding Col. Leonard in command of the brigade on the 6th. On these two days the 39th lost 2 killed and 18 wounded. Moving on the night of the 7th toward Spottsylvania, it was engaged on the 8th and 10th on the Brock road near the Spindle farm, losing a total of 135 men of whom 32 were killed or mortally wounded. The fighting on this part of the field of Spottsylvania was known as the battle of Laurel Hill.
   Laurel Hill was a name by which the old William E. Jones farm was locally known. Gen. Robinson commanding the 2d Division having been seriously wounded in the fighting May 8, his command was broken up and Lyle's Brigade was transferred to Cutter's Division. After the great assault on the 11 Angle ", May 12, in which the 6th Corps did not participate, the 39th was moved with its corps to the extreme Union left where it remained, suffering few casualties, until the 21st when it left for the North Anna River.
    From the 23d to the 26th of May the regiment was in position near Jericho Ford on the North Anna, suffering small loss. After the Cold Harbor fighting, during which the 39th lay near Bethesda Church and suffered only a few casualties, Col. Lyle's Command became the 1st Brigade in Crawford's (3d) Division.
     The James River was crossed at Wilcox Landing, June 16, and the regiment took its place in the lines before Petersburg, On the 25th, it received 241 recruits by transfer from the 12th Mass. Regt. and on the 4th of July; 103 from the 13th, the term of service of these two regiments having expired. Near the Weldon Railroad on the 18th and 19th of August the 39th was heavily engaged losing 10 killed, 32 wounded, and 245 prisoners. Here Lieut. Col. Peirson was very severely wounded and obliged to relinquish the command of the regiment. Early in the fall the 39th became a part of Coulter's (2d) Brigade, Crawford's (3d) Division. In October Gen. Henry Baxter succeeded Col. Coulter in command of the brigade. About Nov. 5 Major Tremlett returned and resumed command of the regiment, relieving Capt. Nelson who had been in command since Lieut. Col. Peirson was wounded.
     The regiment was engaged in various siege activities on the south side of Petersburg during the winter of 1864-65. Late in March, 1865, it was moved to the extreme Union left, was in action near White Oak Road, March 31, the same day as that of the battle of Dinwiddie C. H., here losing Major Tremlett and Captain Kingsbury, both of whom were mortally wounded. Captain Cooper now assumed com and of the regiment and held it until the close of its service. The regiment was present at Five Forks on April 1, but suffered small loss.
     The 39th now participated in the pursuit of Lee's Army and was but a few miles from Appomattox C. H. at the time of the surrender, April 9. Remaining at Appomattox until the 15th, it proceeded to Blacks and Whites Station where it remained ten days, then marched by easy stages to Washington, reaching Fort Albany May 12. After the Grand Review, May 23, the recruits were transferred to the 32d Regiment, and the original members of the 39th were mustered out of the service. Returning to Readville, Mass., which was reached June 6, on the 14th the members of the regiment were paid off and discharged.


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