Civil War Records of Gilman S. Hosmer

Photo courtesy Acton Historical Society


Co. Regiment / Ship From To Residence/ Credit Occupation Notes
E (Davis Guards) 6th MVI
(3 months)
Private; enl. April 16, 1861; must. April 22, 1861 must. out Aug. 2, 1861 Acton   age 21
E 26th MVI Drummer; enl. Aug. 29, 1861; must. Oct. 18, 1861; re-enlist. Jan. 1, 1864 must. out Aug. 26, 1865 Acton farmer

age 21;

wounded Oct. 19, 1864 at Cedar Creek, Va.

MASSCW, 1:382, 3:91

Service Record (select pages from the National Archives): x
Service Ledger (Town of Acton): page  28-29, 56-57 (PDF)


Co. Regiment Date Filed Type App. No. Cert. No. State Beneficiary/Remarks
E 6th MVI
26th MVI
Nov. 1, 1890 Invalid 933 074 832 143 Oregon  

Pension File (select pages from the National Archives):  7 pages  (PDF*)

Grand Army of the Republic



Date November 26, 1919
Place Sebastopol, Calif.
Survived by  

Additional Information

Gilman S. Hosmer, born in Acton in 1839, was a 21-year-old farmer when he went through Baltimore with the Davis Guards. Only 5’5” tall, he enlisted as a drummer in Company E of the 26th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, served three years, and re-enlisted on January 1, 1864. He was wounded at Cedar Creek, Virginia and mustered out of service with the regiment August 26, 1865. He came home for about a year before going off to work on the railroads in Oregon and California, where he died in 1919. The drum he carried throughout his service is displayed at the Acton Historical Society. (Text from "Not Afraid to Go", exhibit at the Acton Memorial Library).


Gilman Soranus Hosmer, a 15 year old farmer, is recorded in the 1855 Massachusetts State Census for Acton, in household (dwelling no. 168) with Simon and Harriet Hosmer (Lainhart, 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Censuses for Acton: 23). 

Gilman Hosmer, age 20, is recorded as an inhabitant of West Acton in the 1860 federal census, in household (dwelling #184) of Simon Hosmer, age 60, a farmer, and Harriet E. Hosmer, age 54 ("1860 United States Federal Census,"

Gilman Soranus Hosmer, age 24, Soldier in Service, is recorded as an inhabitant of Acton in the 1865 Massachusetts State Census, in household of Simon Hosmer and Harriet Estabrooks Hosmer (Lainhart, 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Censuses for Acton: 67).

The name Gliman S. Hosmer is recorded on the Acton Memorial Library Soldiers' Tablet, "The Men of Acton Who Fought For The Union."

Photograph (above) courtesy of Acton Historical Society.


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