Civil War Records of John A. Mead


Co. Regiment / Ship From To Residence/ Credit Occupation Notes
K 39th MVI Private; enl. July 23, 1862; must. Aug. 22, 1862; prisoner Oct. 10, 1863, near Rapidan River, Va.; paroled March 18, 1864 must. out June 2, 1865 Acton student age 19
MASSCW, 4:103

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
K 39th MVI May 4, 1891 Widow 514710 359 210 Miss. Amelia R. Mead

Pension File (select pages from the National Archives):  44 pages (PDF)

Grand Army of the Republic


Date January 30, 1891
Place New Orleans, La.

Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn, Mass., Lot 360

(Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War National Graves Registration Database,

Survived by

Additional Information

In 1860, 17 year old John Mead was living with his family in Woburn, Mass. (dwelling 2513) ("1860 United States Federal Census,"

The enlistment of J.A. Mead is noted in the 1862/63 annual report for the Town of Acton: 18.

John Ames Mead, age 22, a student, born in Maine, is recorded in the 1865 Massachusetts State Census for Acton, in household (dwelling no. 45/58) of Artemas and Abigail Mead  (Lainhart, 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Censuses for Acton: 47.)

John A. Mead, surgeon, is recorded in the 1890 veterans census for Pearlington, Mississippi ("1890 Veterans Schedules,"


From: Biographical Record of the Alumni of Amherst College During Its First Half Century, 1821-1871 (Amherst, Mass., 1883), p. 131; online at:

JOHN AMES MEAD, M.D.; (Woburn); s., Artemas and Abby (Richardson) Mead; b. Portland, Me., July 16, 1842; prep., Woburn High S.; A.C., '61-'62; 39th Mass. Vols., '62-'65; studied med. with D.P. Gage, M.D., Lowell; Rec. M.D., H.M.C., 1869; Phys., Pearlington, Miss., '69--. m. Amelia R. Mead, Gainesville, Miss., Oct. 23, 1880. P.O. ad., Pearlington, Miss.


From: The Harvard Medical School: A History, Narrative and Documentary, 1782-1902, Vol. 3, p. 69, online at:

1854. John Ames Mead, A.B. Amherst 1865: b. July 16. 1842, Portland, Me.; d. Jan. 30. 1891, New Orleans, La.; practiced Pearlington, and in the south; Pvt. 39th Mass. Vols. Aug. 27, 1862; mustered out June 2, 1865.


From: Obituary Record of Graduates of Amhest College, for the Year Ending --, p. 259; online at:

JOHN AMES MEAD, the son of Artemas and Abigail (Richardson) Mead, was born in Portland, Me., July 16, 1842. He resided with his parents in Woburn, Mass., when he entered college, and was prepared at the Woburn High School. At the close of his freshman year he took a dismission from college and enlisted, July 2, 1862, in the Thirty-ninth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers. During his term of service he was in the battles of Hatcher's Run, Fort Steadmau, Five Folks, Farmville, Petersburg and Appomattox, under the command successively of Generals Heintzleman, Meade and Hancock. While on picket duty, he was taken prisoner at Raccoon Ford, Va., Oct. 11, 1863, and was confined in Libby Prison until paroled March 29, 1864. With his regiment, he was mustered out of service at Alexandria, Va., June 2, 1865. After the war he pursued medical studies with D. P. Gage, M. D., of Lowell, Mass., and received the degree of M. D. from Harvard University in 1869. He then removed to Pearlington, Hancock county, Miss., and practiced his profession there the rest of his life. In 1886 Amherst conferred upon him the degree of A.B., extra ordinem. After an illness of about two months during which time he was taken to New Orleans, La., for a surgical operation, he died of pneumonia, at the hospital " Hotel Dieu " in that city, Jan. 30, 1891.
Dr. Mead was married, Oct. 23, 1880, to Amelia R., daughter of Stephen Mead, a native of Bedford, Mass., but a resident of Pearlington, Miss. Mrs. Mead with two children survives him.


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