Acton Memorial Library
Civil War Archives
|Co.||Regiment / Ship||From||To||Residence/ Credit||Occupation||Notes|
|E (Davis Guards)||6th MVI
|Private; enl. April16, 1861; must. April 22, 1861||must. out Aug. 2, 1861||Acton||age 22|
|E||26th MVI||Private; enl. Aug. 31, 1861; must. Oct. 23, 1861; re-enlist. Jan. 1, 1864||must. out Aug. 26, 1865||Acton||farmer||age 22|
|MASSCW, 1:382, 3:94|
|Co.||Regiment||Date Filed||Type||App. No.||Cert. No.||State||Beneficiary/Remarks|
|June 12, 1876||Invalid||220 800||328 567|
|May 15, 1922||Widow||1 189 185||925 784||Mass.||Margaret Wayne|
Recorded as member no. 66 in the membership roster of Isaac Davis Post No. 138 G.A.R., Acton, Massachusetts (Acton Memorial Library archives, 92.2.1).
|Date||April 11, 1922|
|Age||83 years, 8 months, 8 days|
(source: Chelmsford death record in pension file)
|Obituary||Lowell Courier Citizen, April 12, 1922|
|Burial||Woodlawn Cemetery, Acton, Massachusetts|
John Wayne of Acton went through Baltimore in 1861 with the Davis Guards. He then enlisted in Co. E of the 26th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. In August of 1864, he was absent without leave when he left his company to visit his two brothers (James Wayne and Robert Wayne) who were serving in the 6th Massachusetts near Washington. Wayne was arrested by the provost guard there and charged as a deserter. He was confined from August 11 to November 28. When he returned to duty his pay was withheld in the amount of $22.50 for loss of his musket and equipment and 99 cents for a haversack and canteen. (Text from "Not Afraid to Go", exhibit at the Acton Memorial Library).
John Wayne age, a 17 year old farmer born in N.S., is recorded in the 1855 Massachusetts State Census for Acton, in household of Silas Hosmer (dwelling no. 176/180) (Lainhart, 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Censuses for Acton: 24.)
John Wayne's name is included on the Acton Memorial Library Soldiers' Tablet, "The Men of Acton Who Fought For The Union."
Hosmer, The Town of Acton in the Civil War: 44.
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