Civil War Records of James P. Hanscom


Co. Regiment / Ship From To Residence/ Credit Occupation Notes
E 1st Minn. VI enl. May 23, 1861 at Fort Snelling died Nov. 17, 1862 joined from St. Anthony, Minn.  

age 27;

hospitalized on Aug. 15, 1862; died at Lovall Military Hospital, Portsmouth Grove, Rhode Island on Nov. 17, 1862

Source: Service record (link below)

Service Record (select pages from the National Archives): 6 Pages (PDF*)
Service Ledger (Town of Acton): x


Co. Regiment Date Filed Type App. No. Cert. No. State Beneficiary/Remarks

Pension File (select pages from the National Archives):  x

Grand Army of the Republic



Date November 17, 1862
Place Portsmouth Grove, Rhode Island
Age 29
Cause syncope
Burial Portsmouth Grove, Rhode Island
Survived by

mother Elizabeth Hanscom and sister in South Acton.

(source of death record: Record of Death and Interment in Service Record, link above)

Additional Information

James Hanscom, age 16, is recorded as an inhabitant of Wilton, Maine in the 1850 federal census, in household (dwelling no. 8) of Joel and Elizabeth Hanscom. Also in household was brother Samuel Hanscom ("1850 United States Federal Census,"

James P. Hanscomb, a 27 year old laborer, is recorded as an inhabitant of Richfield, Minnesota in the 1860 federal census ("1860 United States Federal Census,"

The Record of Death and Interment included in the Service record notes that his mother Elizabeth Hanscom and sister are living in South Acton. The 1855 state census records Elizabeth Hanscomb, age 54, and Sarah Elizabeth Hanscomb, age 19, in household of Joel Hanscomb, a 54 year old farmer. Joel and Elizabeth Harvey Hanscom, both born in Maine, are also recorded as residents of South Acton in the 1865 state census. (Lainhart, 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Censuses for Acton: 19, 75.)

James' father Joel Hanscom died in Acton on December 2, 1870, at the age of 68 (Annual report, Town of Acton, Massachusetts, 1870: 17). His mother, Elizabeth (Pierpont) Hanscom died in Concord, Mass. on November 11, 1894, at the age of 93 (Concord death register, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," She is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Acton. (Find A Grave Memorial# 114128198, Retrieved 2016-11-09).

The name James P. Hanscom is included on the Acton Memorial Library Soldiers' Tablet, "Our Honored Dead."


See also:

Hosmer, The Town of Acton in the Civil War: 11, 91.




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