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Federal (USV)


George R. Severance

(1843 - 1920)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

An 18 year old teamster in Athol, MA, he enlisted at Worcester, MA as a Private in Company A, 21st Massachusetts Infantry on 19 July 1861.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was away from his Company, recovering; in hospitals in PA and Washington, DC to at least October 1863. He returned to duty on 30 December 1863 at Knoxville, TN but was on furlough in February 1864. He mustered out on 31 August 1864.

After the War

In 1870 he was living with his wife's family in Upton, MA and working in a box factory but by 1880 he was in Milford and worked in a boot shop. In 1910 he was a machinist in a factory in Orange, MA and was still working there in 1920, as a street laborer.

References & notes

His service from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines1, his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3, and Walcott.3 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1870-1920. His gravesite is on Findagrave. He's also seen as George R. Severence.

He married Clara E. Mason (1847-) in January 1867 and they had 4 children.


09/23/1843; Orange, MA


12/14/1920; West Bridgewater, MA; burial in Warwick Cemetery, Warwick, 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. 601  [AotW citation 26533]

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 26534]

3   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. 207  [AotW citation 26535]