Acton Memorial Library
Civil War Archives
|Co.||Regiment / Ship||From||To||Residence/ Credit||Occupation||Notes|
|E||6th MVI (9 months)||Private; enl. Aug. 25, 1862; must. Aug. 31, 1862||died Dec. 13, 1862 of disease, at Suffolk, Va.||Littleton||farmer||age 24|
|Co.||Regiment||Date Filed||Type||App. No.||Cert. No.||State||Beneficiary/Remarks|
|E||6th MVI||April 18, 1863||Widow||18 738||7 646||Mary F. Whitcomb|
|May 11, 1868||Minor||160 821||113 689||Oliver A. Whitcomb, guardian of minor child|
|Date||December 13, 1862|
Westlawn Cemetery, Littleton, Mass.
(Find A Grave Memorial# 27358947, http://www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2015-07-08)
Nahum H. Whitcomb was born July 29, 1838 in Littleton, Mass. to Samuel and Mary Whitcomb. (“Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850,” vol. Littleton 1, p. 304, AmericanAncestors.org).
Nahum Harwood Whitcomb, age 22, son of Samuel and Mary, married Mary F. Sprague, age 17, on December 23, 1860. ("Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," vol. 136, p. 95 [image], AmericanAncestors.org).
A daughter, Ada Hanson Whitcomb, was born (?) 1962 to Nahum Harwood and Mary Francis Whitcomb ("Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," vol. 151, p. 163 [image], AmericanAncestors.org).
Nahum H. Whitcomb, age 24, son of Samuel Whitcomb Jr. and Mary Reed, died of typhoid pneumonia at Suffolk, Va. on December 13, 1862. ("Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," vol. 157, p. 154 [image], AmericanAncestors.org).
"Brothers Nahum H. and Allen P. Whitcomb were joined by their brother-in-law Albert W. Robbins in answering the call. Allen and Albert both had young children; Nahum's wife would give birth to their first child two days after his mustering in. It fell to their brother Oliver Whitcomb, who already had his widowed mother living with him, to help see to the needs of the families. Nahum Whitcomb would be Littleton's first casualty in the war, dying of pneumonia in Suffolk, Virginia, on December 13, 1862. The town paid for the return of his remains." (Littleton Massachusetts 1714-2014 Celebrating 300 Years of History: 187-188).
The death of Nahum Whitcomb is mentioned in a letter dated Dec. 20, 1862 from Eliza Sprague to her brother Aaron Jones Fletcher; and an undated letter from Ann Maria Hapgood to her brother-in-law Henry Hapgood (The Letters of Henry Hapgood's Family: 37).
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