Civil War Records of James W. Fiske


Co. Regiment / Ship From To Residence/ Credit Occupation Notes

26th MVI

enl. Oct. 9, 1861; must. Oct. 23, 1861; re-enlist. Jan. 1, 1864 must. out Aug. 26, 1865 Acton bootmaker age 26
MASSCW, 3:90

Service Record (select pages from the National Archives): x
Service Ledger (Town of Acton): page 54-55 (PDF*)


Co. Regiment Date Filed Type App. No. Cert. No. State Beneficiary/Remarks
E 26th MVI Dec. 8, 1879 Invalid     Mass.  

Pension File (select pages from the National Archives):  16 pages  (PDF*)

Grand Army of the Republic

Recorded as member no. 13 in the membership roster of Isaac Davis Post No. 138 G.A.R., Acton, Massachusetts (Acton Memorial Library archives, 92.2.1). 

Personal War Sketch


Date December 9, 1922
Place Acton, Mass.
Age 87 years, 8 days
Obituary Concord Enterprise, December 20, 1922
Burial Woodlawn Cemetery, Acton, Mass.
Survived by daughter Bertha, sons.

Additional Information

Born in Shrewsbury, Mass., December 1, 1835 (source: pension file).

Married Nancy Marie Smith, 1856 in Woonsocket, RI; son-in-law of Luke Smith.

James W. Fisk, a 24 year old boot maker, is recorded as an inhabitant of Milford, Mass. in the 1860 federal census, in household (dwelling no. 767/1160) with Maria Fisk, age 23, and Herbert Fisk, age 2 ("1860 United States Federal Census,"

James Wilson Fiske, a 29 year old "Soldier in Service", is recorded in the 1865 Massachusetts State Census for Acton, in household number 14/16; with Maria Fiske, age 28; Herbert Fiske, age 7; and Wilbur Fiske, age 4  (Lainhart, 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Censuses for Acton: 44).

James W. Fisk, a 44 year old news dealer, is recorded as an inhabitant of Concord, Mass. in the 1880 federal census, in household (dwelling no. 442/494) with Maria Fisk, age 43; Wilbur Fisk, age 19; Bertha I. Fisk, age 14; Florian W. Fisk, age 12; and Frank E. Fisk, age 10 ("1880 United States Federal Census,"

James W. Fisk is recorded in the 1890 special veterans census as a resident of Acton ("1890 Veterans Schedules,"

The death of James Wilson Fiske on December 9, 1922, at the age of 87 years and 8 days, is recorded in the 1922 annual report for the Town of Acton: 46.

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


See also:

Hosmer, The Town of Acton in the Civil War: 42.


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