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J.D. Thurber
J.D. Thurber

Federal (USV)


James Danforth Thurber

(1839 - 1921)
Home State: Massachusetts
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 13th Massachusetts Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He had taught school in Plymouth and was a clerk at the US Treasury Department in Washington DC. He reported he was a 23 year old clerk from Plymouth when he enlisted on 12 August 1862 as a Private in Company A of the 13th Massachusetts Infantry.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862.

The remainder of the War:
He was discharged 15 June 1863 to accept a commission as 2nd Lieutenant, Company A of the 55th Massachusetts Infantry. He was promoted Captain, Company F, 3 November 1863. He was wounded in action at James Island, South Carolina on 2 July 1864. He mustered out on 29 August 1865. He was honored by Brevet to Major in March 1865.

After the War:
He lived in Charleston and Savannah before returning to Plymouth in 1867. He had a position at the Boston Customs House until 1874, then was in banking.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Commonwealth of Massachusetts1, details from the Report of the Class of 1858 (1888), and life dates from online family genealogists. His picture here from an 1858 portrait in the Harvard collection.

Birth Date: 02/21/1839    Place of Birth: Plymouth, MA    
College: Harvard College    Graduating Year: 1858    
Death Date: 09/12/1921    Death Place: Plymouth, 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. II, pp. 72 - 130; Vol. IV, pg. 722  [AotW citation 2905]

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