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Civil War Records of James E. Richardson

Grand Army of the Republic
Isaac Davis Post No. 138

Personal War Sketch for James E. Richardson

see also Supplementary War Sketch (2 pages) and Record of Burial

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Comrade James E. Richardson
Who was born the
day of
A.D. 1840
Groton County of Middlesex
State of Massachusetts

My occupation was then that of a mechanic.


On June 19th, 1861, I entered the service, as private, in Company B. Old Sixth Regiment Mass. Infantry, afterwards in Company K. Sixth Regiment, N. H. Infantry.


I was finally discharged, per order G. O. No. 116 A. G. O., on July 15th, 1865 after a service of three years and eleven months. My first enlistment was May 19, 1861 in Company B. 6th Mass. Vol. Infy. Capt. Clark. Was mustered into the service June 20,’61, served until the expiration of my term of enlistment and started for home with the Regt. but was left in a Baltimore Hospital, very sick with typhoid fever, remained there several weeks and was kindly cared for by a Protestant sisterhood of nurses, recovering I returned to Mass. in Sept. ’61, received my discharge and pay at the State House, Boston, then went to N.H. Here I enlisted Oct. 21, 61 with a squad of 35 men which later was attached to Co. K. 6th N.H. Vol. Infy. Encamped at Keene, N. H. was mustered into service Nov. 28, 61. Appointed Corporal Nov. 30, 61. The Regt. left Keene Dec. 25, 61 for Washington and was soon assigned to Genl. Burnside’s Expedition to Hatteras, Roanoke and other points on the Carolina coast.


Our first battle was at Camden, N.C. April 19, 1862. Later our Regt. became part of the Army of the Potomac under Genl. Burnside. I was appointed Sergt. May 1863, and 1st Sergt. May ’64, which office I held until discharged from the service. I participated in the following battles, Camden N.C. April 19, ‘62, Bull Run, Va., Aug. 29-30, ’62, Chantilly Va. Sept.1, ’62, South Mountain, Md. Sept. 13, ’62, Antietam, Md. Sept.17, ’62, Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 18, ’62, Siege of Vicksburg, Miss. June ’63, Jackson, Miss. July 13, ’63, Wilderness, Va. May 6-7, ’64, Spottsylvania, May 12, ’64. Here I received a gunshot wound in mouth and was disabled for further active service. After sufficient recovery was transferred to Co. C. 9th Veteran Reserve Corps. at Washington where I was on guard duty at the time of President Lincoln’s assassination and the subsequent trial and execution of the conspirators, Harold, Payne, Atzerott, and Mrs. Sureatt. I received my discharge July 15, 1865.

See Supplementary history.

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 E Richardson Joined Isaac Davis
Post No. 138 Department of Massachusetts G.A.R. May 18, 1892
Held Offices of
Officer Guard, three years, 1884-’85-‘86
F.H. Stevens
H.R. Knowlton