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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 Antietam

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.

On the Campaign

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

The rest 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 & 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.


03/30/1840; Lowell, MA


12/1/1898; Lowell, MA; burial in 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, Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)-Massachusetts Photograph Collection, Published 2009, <>, Source page: Vol. 93, pg. 4751  [AotW citation 14499]