(c. 1841 - ?)
Home State: Massachusetts
Branch of Service: Infantry
A 19 year old lather in Cambridge, he enlisted on 23 April 1861 in Company C, 3rd Massachusetts Infantry for 3 months. He mustered out 22 July. He enlisted as Corporal in Company G, 19th Massachusetts Infantry on 19 August 1861. He was appointed Sergeant, date not given.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in the hand in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He reenlisted 30 January 1864, but was discharged in June of that year to accept a commission 24 June 1864 as 2nd Lieutenant, Company H, 1st US Volunteers. He was discharged 27 November 1865. "Jere was a good soldier, and, although he had a peculiar impediment in his speech, his sunny disposition and invariable good nature made him very popular."
After the War
He "lost his life, several years after the war, in a sewer in New Jersey, where he volunteered to go down and rescue a laborer who had been overcome by gas."
References & notes
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, pg. 154; Vol. 2, pg. 457; Vol. 6, pg. 760 [AotW citation 17853]
2 Waitt, Ernest Linden (compiler), History of the Nineteenth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1861-1865, Salem (MA): The Salem Press Co., 1906, pp. 42, 145 [AotW citation 17854]