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Federal (USV)


James H. Willard

(1841 - 1915)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 19 year old farmer in Ashburnham, MA, he enlisted for 3 years in Worcester as a Private in Company H, 21st Massachusetts Infantry on 5 August 1861.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was listed as absent without leave beginning on 28 March 1863, was arrested - probably in or near Columbus, OH - as a "smuggler"in August, was convicted by a General Court Martial in October 1863 (charge not known), and was sentenced to hard labor for the remainder of his enlistment (to August 1864).

On 13 September 1864 he enlisted again, in Company F of the First New York Veteran Cavalry at Kingston (NY?). He mustered out with them on 8 June 1865 at Camp Piatt, WV.

After the War

By 1880 he was a farm worker in West Newbury, MA and was a pressman there in 1900. He was granted a veteran's invalid pension in February 1888, and his widow continued to receive it after his death.

References & notes

His service from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1880 and 1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Katherine E Murphy (1845-1923) in April 1869 and they had 9 children.


04/1841 in


05/01/1915; West Newburyport, MA; burial in Bridge Street Cemetery, West Newbury, 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. 636  [AotW citation 26551]

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 26552]