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J. Francis
J. Francis

Federal (USV)


James Francis

(1840 - 1898)
Home State: Massachusetts
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 2nd Massachusetts Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
A machinist and engineering student from Lowell, he enrolled in Company A, 2nd Massachusetts Infantry at age 21 on 25 May 1861 as 2nd Lieutenant. Promoted First Lieutenant on 1 November 1861, and Captain on 10 August 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was wounded in the hand in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam, and had fingers amputated.

The remainder of the War:
He returned to duty on 1 December 1862. Appointed Major of the Regiment on 4 July 1863. Mustered out 14 July 1865. Honored by Brevet to Lieutenant Colonel 13 March 1865.

After the War:
He was a pallbearer at General George H. Gordon's funeral in 1887. A member of the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts in 1895.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Commonwealth of Massachusetts1. Details from Chaplain Quint's Record2. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His photograph from one in the MOLLUS Massachusetts Collection3.

Birth Date: 03/30/1840    Place of Birth: Lowell, MA    
Death Date: 12/1/1898    Death Place: Lowell, MA    Burial Place: Lowell Cemetery, Lowell, MA


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 1, pp. 74 - 80  [AotW citation 14400]

2   Quint, Alonzo Hall, The Record of the Second Massachusetts Infantry: 1861-1865, Boston: James P. Walker, 1867, pg. 493  [AotW citation 14405]

3   US Army, Military History Institute (USAMHI), Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)-Massachusetts Photograph Collection, Published 2009, <http://cdm16635.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/search/collection/p16635coll12/>, Source page: Vol. 93, pg. 4751  [AotW citation 14499]

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