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J.D. Thurber

J.D. Thurber

Federal (USV)


James Danforth Thurber

(1839 - 1921)

Home State: Massachusetts

Education: Harvard College, Class of 1858

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

He had taught school in Plymouth and was a clerk at the US Treasury Department in Washington DC. He reported he was a 23 year old clerk from Plymouth when he enlisted on 12 August 1862 as a Private in Company A of the 13th Massachusetts Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was discharged 15 June 1863 to accept a commission as 2nd Lieutenant, Company A of the 55th Massachusetts Infantry. He was promoted Captain, Company F, 3 November 1863. He was wounded in action at James Island, South Carolina on 2 July 1864. He mustered out on 29 August 1865. He was honored by Brevet to Major in March 1865.

After the War

He lived in Charleston and Savannah before returning to Plymouth in 1867. He had a position at the Boston Customs House until 1874, then was in banking.

References & notes

Basic information from Commonwealth of Massachusetts1, details from the Report of the Class of 1858 (1888), and life dates from online family genealogists. His picture here from an 1858 portrait in the Harvard collection.


02/21/1839; Plymouth, MA


09/12/1921; Plymouth, 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. II, pp. 72 - 130; Vol. IV, pg. 722  [AotW citation 2905]