Civil War Records of George L. Towne (Town, Towns)

George Towne


Co. Regiment / Ship From To Residence/ Credit Occupation Notes
H 5th NY Cav. Private, enl. at Crown Point, NY Aug. 16, 1862, for three years disch. at Staunton, Va., June 13, 1865 born Swanson, Vt. farmer age 22, eyes gray, hair brown, complexion light, height 5'9"
Record for George L. Town, 5th Cavalry, "New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900,"

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
H 5th NY Cav.   Invalid   115 402 Mass.  

Pension File (select pages from the National Archives):  17 pages (PDF*) 

Grand Army of the Republic

Recorded as member no. 139 in the membership roster of Isaac Davis Post No. 138 G.A.R., Acton, Massachusetts (Acton Memorial Library archives, 92.2.1). Served as the Post's last Commander  (1920-1933) and its last surviving member, dying in 1940 at the age of 96.

Fifteen members of Isaac Davis Post No. 138 G.A.R. in front of the Telephone Office Building, West Acton, on May 30, 1924 (photograph, Acton Memorial Library archives 24.1.1)


Date April 25, 1940
Place Acton, Mass.
Age 96
Cause senility
Obituary Concord Enterprise, May 1, 1940
Burial Mt. Hope Cemetery, Acton, Mass.
Survived by

Additional Information

A carpenter by trade, George Towne was born in Swanton, Vermont, and served in the 5th New York Cavalry from August 1862 to June 1865.  His regiment fought at Second Bull Run, Antietam, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Cold Harbor, Cedar Creek, Petersburg, and Appomattox. After the war, he lived in Waltham and then Acton. He was the last surviving member of Isaac Davis Post No. 138 G.A.R. (Text from "Not Afraid to Go", exhibit at the Acton Memorial Library).


See also:

News item: "Made presentation of cane to Vice President Coolidge." Concord Enterpise, January 12, 1921



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