Civil War Records of William H. Boss


Co. Regiment / Ship From To Residence / Credit Occupation Notes
D 3rd MHA Private; enl. May 1, 1863; must. Aug. 14, 1863 transf. to Navy July 14, 1864 Boston clerk age 21
Navy USS Tunxis, Glaucus June 29, 1864 March 6, 1865 credit Boston clerk  
MASSCW, 5:795, 7:615

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
Princeton, Tunxis
3rd MHA
May 4, 1908 Widow 275 242 718 480   Ida E. Boss

Pension File (select pages from the National Archives):  10 pages (PDF*)

Grand Army of the Republic



Date March 22, 1907
Place Swampscott, Mass.
Age 64 years, 10 months, 15 days

cerebral hemmorhage

(source: death record, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," vol. 1907/96, p. 161 [image],

Obituary Boston Globe, March 23, 1907
Burial Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn, Mass.
Survived by Ida E. Boss

Additional Information

William Henry Boss was born in Charlestown, Mass. to parents Robert P. Boss and Hannah Sampson (source: death record).

William H. Boss, age 18, a sailor, is recorded as an inhabitant of Acton in the 1860 federal census, in household (dwelling no. 62) of Robert P. and Hannah P. Boss  ("1860 United States Federal Census,"

Name included on the Acton Memorial Library Soldiers' Tablet, "The Men of Acton Who Fought For The Union."


See also:

"Searching for Captain Robert," Acton Historical Society Blog, May 10, 2016, (includes information on William H. Boss and his father Robert. P. Boss).

Hosmer, The Town of Acton in the Civil War: 81, 101, 124.