Civil War Records of John Wayne


Co. Regiment / Ship From To Residence/ Credit Occupation Notes
E (Davis Guards) 6th MVI
(3 months)
Private; enl. April16, 1861; must. April 22, 1861 must. out Aug. 2, 1861 Acton   age 22
E 26th MVI Private; enl. Aug. 31, 1861; must. Oct. 23, 1861; re-enlist. Jan. 1, 1864 must. out Aug. 26, 1865 Acton farmer age 22
MASSCW, 1:382, 3:94

Service Record (select pages from the National Archives): 8 Pages (PDF*)
Service Ledger (Town of Acton): pages  28-29, 60-61 (PDF)


Co. Regiment Date Filed Type App. No. Cert. No. State Beneficiary/Remarks
E 6th MVI
26th MVI
June 12, 1876 Invalid 220 800 328 567    
May 15, 1922 Widow 1 189 185 925 784 Mass. Margaret Wayne

Pension File (select pages from the National Archives):  12 pages (PDF*) 

Grand Army of the Republic

Recorded as member no. 66 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 April 11, 1922
Place Chelmsford, Mass.
Age 83 years, 8 months, 8 days

arterio sclerosis/senility

(source: Chelmsford death record in pension file)

Obituary Lowell Courier Citizen, April 12, 1922
Burial Woodlawn Cemetery, Acton, Massachusetts
Survived by

Additional Information

John Wayne of Acton went through Baltimore in 1861 with the Davis Guards. He then enlisted in Co. E of the 26th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. In August of 1864, he was absent without leave when he left his company to visit his two brothers (James Wayne and Robert Wayne) who were serving in the 6th Massachusetts near Washington. Wayne was arrested by the provost guard there and charged as a deserter. He was confined from August 11 to November 28. When he returned to duty his pay was withheld in the amount of $22.50 for loss of his musket and equipment and 99 cents for a haversack and canteen. (Text from "Not Afraid to Go", exhibit at the Acton Memorial Library).


John Wayne age, a 17 year old farmer born in N.S., is recorded in the 1855 Massachusetts State Census for Acton, in household of Silas Hosmer (dwelling no. 176/180) (Lainhart, 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Censuses for Acton: 24.)

John Wayne's name is included on the Acton Memorial Library Soldiers' Tablet, "The Men of Acton Who Fought For The Union."


See also: 

Hosmer, The Town of Acton in the Civil War: 44.


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