(1832 - 1907)
Home State: Massachusetts
Branch of Service: Infantry
A 28 year old chair maker and furniture dealer in South Boston, MA, he mustered as Corporal in Company G, 21st Massachusetts Infantry on 19 July 1861. He was promoted to First Sergeant, date not given, and commissioned 2nd Lieutenant to date from 6 September 1862.
On the Campaign
He may have been First Sergeant and "acting 2nd Lieutenant" at Antietam, and took command of his Company when Lieutenant Charles H. Parker was wounded. He was himself wounded in the knee and arm in action there on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was promoted to First Lieutenant, Company E on 3 March 1863 and mustered out on 1 November 1864.
After the War
His children were born in Washington, DC (1866) and in Philadelphia, PA (1869). He was a deputy constable in Suffolk County, MA from 1866-69 and he moved to Ashburnham, MA in the 1870s. By 1887 was on the executive board of the Public Library there.
References & notes
Service from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines 1 and the History.2 Details from family genealogists, E.S. Stearns' History of Ashburnham, Massachusetts (1887), and Ron Guilmette's The First to Serve (2018). His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture is from a photograph in the MOLLUS Massachusetts Collection.3
He married Anna Haliday (1840-1918) in 1865 in Washington, DC, and they had two children: Joephine Anna Munroe (1866-1924) and Albert Burnside Munroe (1869 -?).
11/04/1832; Ringe, NH
08/03/1907; Boston, MA; burial in New Cemetery, Ashburnham, 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. 2, pg. 629 [AotW citation 20734]
2 Walcott, Charles Folsom, History of the Twenty-first Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers, in the War for the Preservation of the Union, 1861-1865, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1882, pg. 208 [AotW citation 20735]
3 US Army, Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)-Massachusetts Photograph Collection, Published 2009, <https://arena.usahec.org/web/arena> [AotW citation 20736]