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J.J. Davis

J.J. Davis

Federal (USV)


Jonas Rice Davis

(1842 - 1907)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

An 18 year old moulder in Templeton, MA, he enlisted at Worcester on 19 July 1861 in Company A, 21st Massachusetts Infantry. He was Corporal by November, appointed 3rd Sergeant on 26 March 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was promoted to First (Orderly) Sergeant on 25 September 1862 and reenlisted in 1 January 1864. He was commissioned and mustered as First Lieutenant of Company B on 11 February 1864 (to date from 6 June 1863)], commanded the Company from March to October, ands was wounded again, on 30 July 1864, place not given. He was transferred to Company H of the 36th Massachusetts Infantry on 21 October 1864 and mustered out of service with them on 8 June 1865 in Alexandria, VA.

After the War

He returned to Templeton and his trade as a moulder. By 1870 he was living in Orange, MA and working in a sewing machine factory. In 1880 he was in a foundry in Gardner, MA, and by 1900 working for a steam heater manufacturer there.

References & notes

His service from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines1 and his Compiled Service Records2 via fold3. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1870 - 1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture from a photograph contributed by Barbara Worthley.

He married Clara J.W. Morley (1843-1902) in January 1866 and they had 2 daughters: Rena and Edith.

More on the Web

See large photographs of Jonas and Clara along with the interesting side-story of Jonas' mustering officer over on the blog.


06/14/1842; Templeton, MA


06/06/1907; Gardner, MA; burial in Crystal Lake Cemetery, Gardner, 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. 599; Vol. 3, pg. 745  [AotW citation 26479]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Soldiers who served in US Volunteer organizations enlisted for service during the Civil War, Record Group No. 94 (Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 26480]