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J. P. Gould

J. P. Gould

Federal (USV)


Jacob Parker Gould

(1830 - 1864)

Home State: Massachusetts

Education: Norwich University, Class of 1849

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

From a long line of Goulds of Stoneham, he was an 1849 graduate of Norwich University, a military college in Vermont.1 When War broke out he was a civil engineer, and joined the 13th Massachusetts Infantry, initially a drillmaster (probably from his experience as a cadet at Norwich) and Captain, Company G, being appointed Major when the unit was mustered into Federal service on 16 July 1861.1,2.

On the Campaign

He was in command of the 13th on the Maryland Campaign.

The rest of the War

He was with the 13th in action at Gettysburg, then, on 21 April 1864, mustered out of the 13th and was appointed Colonel of the newly formed 59th Massachusetts Infantry.1 Joining the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Corps, they saw service on the Wilderness Campaign, Spottsylvania , and Cold Harbor (May-June 64), where Gould on two occasions commanded the brigade.3,4 He was mortally wounded in action on 30 July 64 at the Crater, near Petersburg, suffering "a compound fracture of the left knee joint from a minie ball".1

References & notes

Death date and burial information from Watts,5 photo above from a copy of an 1863 CDV for sale by PictureHistory.


1830 in MA


08/21/1864; burial in Lindenwood Cemetery, Stoneham, MA


1   Alumni data online from the Archives of Norwich University.
Poirier, Robert G., By The Blood Of Our Alumni: Norwich University Citizen-Soldiers In The Army of the Potomac, Mason City (Ia): Savas Publishing, 1998  [AotW citation 444]

2   13th Massachusetts Volunteer Muster Roll. Transcribed from Davis and posted online by Herbert A Rideout.
Davis, Charles E., Jr., Three years in the army: The story of the Thirteenth Massachusetts Volunteers ..., Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1894, pg. 420  [AotW citation 445]

3   59th Massachusetts (4th Veteran) Infantry Service Summary.
Dyer, Frederick H., A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, Des Moines, Iowa: The Dyer Publishing Co., 1908, pg. 1267  [AotW citation 446]

4   US War Department, The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (OR), 128 vols., Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1880-1901, Vol 36/Part 1 (Ser.#67), pp.920- 921  [AotW citation 447]

5   Watts, Richard L., Stoneham, Massachusetts Civil War Information (War of the Rebellion), May 2002.
Stoneham Historical Society, and Dick Watts, other Society members, Stoneham (Mass) Historical Society, Published c. 2002, first accessed 26 February 2006, <>, Source page: /special/cwinfolist.html  [AotW citation 448]