Civil War Records of Austin A. Richardson


Co. Regiment / Ship From To Residence/ Credit Occupation Notes
A 33rd MVI Private; enl. July 25, 1862; must. Aug. 9, 1862 disch. for disability March 6, 1863 Boxborough farmer

age 18


MASSCW, 3:542

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
L/A 33rd MVI March 7, 1864 Invalid 41 793 816 919    
January 10, 1905 Widow 819 976 591 277 Mass. Mary J. Richardson

Pension File (select pages from the National Archives):  5 pages (PDF*) 

Grand Army of the Republic

Recorded as member no. 16 in the membership roster of Isaac Davis Post No. 138 G.A.R., Acton, Massachusetts (A.M.L. archives 92.2.1).

G.A.R. Personal War Sketch


Date December 23, 1904
Place Acton, Mass.
Age 60
Cause pneumonia
Obituary Maynard News, December 30, 1904
Burial Mt. Hope Cemetery, Acton, Mass.
Survived by Mary J. Richardson

Additional Information

Born in Vermont, son of Amasa Allen Richardson and Huldah Woodward, who settled in Boxborough in 1847.

Austin Allen Richardson, age 11, is recorded in the 1855 Massachusetts State Census for Acton, in household (no. 109/112) with Huldah Woodward Richardson, age 32 and Lewis Woodward Richardson, age 6  (Lainhart, 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Censuses for Acton: 17).

Austin A. Richardson, age 16, is recorded as an inhabitant of Boxborough, Mass. in the 1860 federal census, in household (dwelling no. 7) of Amasa A. and Huldah Richardson ("1860 United States Federal Census,"

Austin A. Richardson, age 26, is recorded as an inhabitant of Boxborough, Mass. in the 1870 federal census, in household (dwelling no. 7) with Mary Richardson, age 26 ("1870 United States Federal Census,"

Austin and Mary Richardson, are recorded as an inhabitants of Acton, Mass. in the 1880 and 1900 federal census ("United States Federal Census, "

Austin A. Richardson is recorded in the 1890 special veterans census as a resident of Acton ("1890 Veterans Schedules,"


From: Lucie Caroline Hager.  Boxborough: A New England Town and Its People. Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis, 1891.  176:

Mr. Austin A. Richardson, born March 18, 1844, married Miss. Mary Withington, daughter of Josiah Withington, of Harvard, and settled in Acton in 1866. They have three children, Alfred L., Ida L., —who married David Millet, Oct. 18, 1890, and settled in Athol, — and Clara. Mr. Austin A. Richardson has been section hand upon the Fitchburg railroad for seventeen years, where he is still employed. He served in the late War of the Rebellion for nine months, nearly sacrificing his life there, but was finally discharged in the winter of 1862, and sent home to recover from an illness to which the deprivations and exposures of a soldier's life had reduced him.


See also:

Hosmer, The Town of Acton in the Civil War: 122.



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