Civil War Records of James E. Richardson

James E. Richardson, photo from Concord Enterprise, Feb. 28, 1917


Co. Regiment / Ship From To Residence/ Credit Occupation Notes
B 6th MVI (3 months) Private; enl. May, 20, 1861; must. June 19, 1861 must. out Aug. 2, 1861 Winchendon  

age 20

(MASSCW, 1:376)

K 6th NHVI enl. Oct. 24, 1861; re-enlist. Jan. 4., 1864 transf. in Jan. 1865 to 9th Reg. V.R.C.    

held rank of Private, Corpl., Sergt, and 1st Sergt.;

gunshot wound to mouth, Spotsylvania, May, 12, 1864

  9th VRC Jan. 1865 must. out July 15, 1865    



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



6th MVI

6th NHVI

9th VRC


Nov. 6, 1865 Invalid 94 988 70 572    
March 14, 1917 Widow 1 095 974 831 406 Mass. Sara R. Richardson

Pension File (select pages from the National Archives):  10 pages (PDF*)

Grand Army of the Republic

Recorded as member no. 27 in the membership roster of Isaac Davis Post No. 138 G.A.R., Acton, Massachusetts (Acton Memorial Library archives, 92.2.1). 

G.A.R. Personal War Sketch


Date February 20, 1917

Acton, Mass.

Age 77
Cause heart disease
Obituary Concord Enterprise, February 26, 1917
Burial Mt. Hope Cemetery, Acton, Mass.
Survived by

Additional Information

James Richardson and his wife Sara are recorded as residents of Acton, Mass. in the 1880, 1900 and 1910 federal census "(United States Federal Census collection,"

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


"Mr. [Linwood] Richardson takes great pride in his father, James Richardson, who served as a "top kick" during the Civil War, and fought in about every bloody engagement of the war. "Lin" still has the bullet which his father carried around in his jaw for five days before it was finally removed. At the battle of Spotsylvania, Sergeant Richardson was the only one of his unit , Company K, 6th Regiment of New Hampshire to survive. He was also present at the burial of John Wilkes Booth who assassinated President Lincoln and was buried in an unmarked grave. He was sworn to secrecy as it was feared that Southern firebrands might resurrect the body and attempt to make a saint out of Booth." ("The Grand Old Resident of Boxboro," Assabet Valley Beacon, July 28, 1960).


See also:

News item:  Minutemen of '61 medals to W. Littlefield and J. E. Richardson, Concord Enterprise, January 7, 1903.


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