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|B||6th MVI (3 months)||Private; enl. May, 20, 1861; must. June 19, 1861||must. out Aug. 2, 1861||Winchendon||
|K||6th NHVI||enl. Oct. 24, 1861; re-enlist. Jan 4., 1864; transf. in Jan. 1865 to 9th Reg. V.R.C.||
held rank of Private, Corpl., Sergt, and 1st Sergt.;
gunshot wound to mouth, Spottsylvania, May, 12, 1864
|9th VRC||Jan. 1865||must. out July 15, 1865||
|Co.||Regiment||Date Filed||Type||App. No.||Cert. No.||State||Beneficiary/Remarks|
|Nov. 6, 1865||Invalid||94 988||70 572|
|March 14, 1917||Widow||1 095 974||831 406||Mass.||Sara R. Richardson|
Recorded as member no. 27 in the membership roster of Isaac Davis Post No. 138 G.A.R., Acton, Massachusetts (Acton Memorial Library archives, 92.2.1).
|Date||February 20, 1917|
|Obituary||Concord Enterprise, February 26, 1917|
|Burial||Mt. Hope Cemetery, Acton, Mass.|
James Richardson and his wife Sara are recorded as residents of Acton, Mass. in the 1880, 1900 and 1910 federal census (United States Federal Census collection, Ancestry.com).
James E. Richardson is recorded in the 1890 special veterans census as a resident of Acton ("1890 Veterans Schedules," Ancestry.com).
"Mr. [Linwood] Richardson takes great pride in his father, James Richardson, who served as a "top kick" during the Civil War, and fought in about every bloody engagement of the war. "Lin" still has the bullet which his father carried around in his jaw for five days before it was finally removed. At the battle of Spotsylvania, Sergeant Richardson was the only one of his unit , Company K, 6th Regiment of New Hampshire to survive. He was also present at the burial of John Wilkes Booth who assassinated President Lincoln and was buried in an unmarked grave. He was sworn to secrecy as it was feared that Southern firebrands might resurrect the body and attempt to make a saint out of Booth." (quoted from "The Grand Old Resident of Boxboro," Assabet Valley Beacon, July 28, 1960, newspaper clipping courtesy Acton Historical Society, 74.9.1).
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