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Federal (USV)


Ivory W.M. Pierce

(1836 - 1917)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A shoemaker from Lynn, he enlisted as Corporal in Company F, 2nd Massachusetts Infantry at age 23 in May 1861. Wounded by saber cut near Kernstown, VA on 24 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the leg in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

Returned to duty 11 October 1862. Mustered out 28 May 1864.

After the War

He's found in a city directory for Lynn as a leathercutter in 1870. In November 1885:

The will of the late Thos. S. Pierce, of Topsfield, nephew of President Pierce, which bequeathes several millions of dollars to relatives and friends, was probated here yesterday. The will will be contested by Ivory W. Pierce, shoemaker, of Lynn, who keeps a small store in that city, and claims to be the legitimate son of Thos. W. Pierce by a former marriage.
His petition was dismissed by Judge Choate of the Probate Court in December 1886. He was living in Newburyport at the 1910 U.S. Census.

References & notes

Basic information from Quint1. His gravesite on Findagrave. The quote above from an article in the Parsons (Kansas) Daily Sun of 18 November 1885, and the judge's decision from the Evening Gazette (Pittston, PA) of 3 December 1886.


1836; Sanford, ME


01/21/1917; Newburyport, MA; burial in Highland Cemetery, Newburyport, MA


1   Quint, Alonzo Hall, The Record of the Second Massachusetts Infantry: 1861-1865, Boston: James P. Walker, 1867, pp. 365 - 376  [AotW citation 14455]