Civil War Records of Nahum H. Whitcomb


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
MASSCW, 1:415

Service Record (select pages from the National Archives): x
Service Ledger (Town of Acton): x


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

Pension File (select pages from the National Archives):  12 pages (PDF*)

Grand Army of the Republic


Date December 13, 1862
Place Suffolk, Va.
Age 24
Cause pneumonia

Westlawn Cemetery, Littleton, Mass.

(Find A Grave Memorial# 27358947, Retrieved 2015-07-08)

Survived by


Additional Information

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,

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],

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],

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],

"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.



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