Not Afraid to Go: Acton's Part in the Birth and Preservation of our Nation


Exhibit entrance


This exhibit tells the story of Acton's role in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. It includes the following sections.

  • Isaac Davis and the Acton Militia on April 19, 1775
  • The Davis Blues Militia Company and the War of 1812
  • Abolitionism in Acton in the 1850s
  • The Davis Guards among the first to respond to Lincoln's call for volunteers
  • The Baltimore Riot, April 19, 1861, where fell the first casualties from hostile fire of the Civil War
  • Corporal Aaron Jones Fletcher, who went through Baltimore and served to the end of the War
  • The 6th Massachusetts Militia and the 26th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry
  • Aaron Chaffin Handley, who served as Captain of the 6th Massachusetts
  • Corporal Nathaniel M. Allen, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at the battle of Gettysburg
  • Records of Acton men who took commissions as officers in Colored regiments.
  • Acton men who served in the Navy
  • Life on the home front in Acton
  • Isaac Davis Post No. 138, Grand Army of the Republic
  • Acton's veterans in later years
  • The gift of the Acton Memorial Library by William Alan Wilde
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