Acton Memorial Library
|H||5th NY Cav.||Aug. 13, 1862||June 16, 1865||carpenter||wounded Hagerstown, Md.|
|Co.||Regiment||Date Filed||Type||App. No.||Cert. No.||State||Beneficiary/Remarks|
|H||5th NY Cav.||Invalid||115 402||Mass.|
Recorded as member no. 139 in the membership roster of Isaac Davis Post No. 138 G.A.R., Acton, Massachusetts (Acton Memorial Library archives, 92.2.1). Served as the Post's last Commander (1920-1933) and its last surviving member, dying in 1940 at the age of 96.
Fifteen members of Isaac Davis Post No. 138 G.A.R. in front of the Telephone Office Building, West Acton, on May 30, 1924 (photograph, Acton Memorial Library archives 24.1.1)
|Date||April 25, 1940|
|Obituary||Concord Enterprise, May 1, 1940|
|Burial||Mt. Hope Cemetery, Acton, Mass.|
|Survived by||three grandchildren: Miss Gertrude F. Towne, George H. Towne, both of Roslindale and Mr. Helen L. Meagher of Boston.|
A carpenter by trade, George Towne was born in Swanton, Vermont, and served in the 5th New York Cavalry from August 1862 to June 1865. His regiment fought at Second Bull Run, Antietam, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Cold Harbor, Cedar Creek, Petersburg, and Appomattox. He was wounded at Hagerstown, Maryland in July 1863. After the war, he lived in Waltham and then Acton. He was the last surviving member of Isaac Davis Post No. 138 G.A.R. (Text from "Not Afraid to Go", exhibit at the Acton Memorial Library).
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