Acton Memorial Library
Civil War Archives
|Co.||Regiment / Ship||From||To||Residence/ Credit||Occupation||Notes|
|H||5th NY Cav.||Private, enl. at Crown Point, NY Aug. 16, 1862, for three years||disch. at Staunton, Va., June 13, 1865||born Swanson, Vt.||farmer||age 22, eyes gray, hair brown, complexion light, height 5'9"|
|Record for George L. Town, 5th Cavalry, "New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900," Ancestry.com.|
|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.|
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. 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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