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Civil War Records of James R. Lawrence

Grand Army of the Republic
Isaac Davis Post No. 138

Personal War Sketch for James R. Lawrence

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Comrade James R. Lawrence
Who was born the
day of
A.D. 1844
County of Middlesex
State of Massachusetts

At Boston, Mass. in July 1862, I entered the service, as landsman, in Mortar Boat ‘George Mangham’ and my rank at the close of war was First Lieutenant.


As my term of service had expired, I was first discharged at Boston, in the month of August, 1863. I again enlisted on December 31st, 1863, June 16th, 1865 was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. June 26, 1865, was promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

I was finally discharged on July 12, 1865 at Alexandria, Va. S.O. 162 Headquarters Dept. Washington.

The first battle I was engaged in was in the Wilderness. I also participated in the engagements at Spottsylvania, No. Anna River, Cold Harbor, June 16th, Petersburg, Weldon R.R., Pequam Farm, Explosion of Mine, July 30th, 1864, South Side R.R. and all engagements in front of Petersburg up to its capture on the second of April, 1865 and the last at Burkesville, at the grand finish.


I was never wounded, confined in hospital, or taken prisoner.


Among my most intimate comrades were Geo. H. Hastings, George Evans, Thomas Mahardy, Nat Bunker, Jere Gilman and all good soldiers.

The date of my warrant as First Sergeant and the battle of the second of April, 1865, I consider these two events to be the most important ones during my army life.

I Certify that the Sketch of my War service as above written is true as
I verily believe  
Date Signed
We certify that Comrade James R. Lawrence Joined Isaac Davis
Post No. 138 Department of Massachusetts G.A.R. May 2, 1882
Held Offices of
Sergeant Major for five years 1882-’83-’84-’85-’86. Office Day 1890-’91 Junior Vice Commander 1892-‘93
F.H. Stevens
H.R. Knowlton