Letter from George Reed to his cousin


Documents and Photographs




Town Records

Resolutions at 1851 Acton Town Meeting in response to the federal Fugitive Slave Act

Town of Acton record of soldiers and seamen in the military and naval service (manuscript courtesy Town of Acton)

Town of Acton annual report, 1862-63 (PDF)

Town of Acton annual report, 1863-64 (PDF)

Town of Acton annual report, 1864-65 (PDF)

Copy of the Tabulated Record of Men who Re-enlisted in the 26th Mass. Vols. about Jan. 1, 1865, and were credited on Acton's quota, none of which have received a Town bounty. (broadside, approx. 11.25x13 in., courtesy Brewster Conant).


Personal correspondence and diaries

Letters written to and by Aaron Jones Fletcher during his service with the 26th Massachusetts (AML archives 2007.6.1)

Transcription of the diary kept by Aaron Jones Fletcher while stationed at Ship Island, Mississippi and New Orleans, Louisiana, 1862  (Acton Memorial Library archives, 1990.1.13)

Four letters written by George A. Reed to family members during his service with the Sixth Massachusetts in 1861 (AML archives 2007.7.1-4)

Letters from Levi Robbins written to his mother, Mrs. Benjamin Robbins, during his service with the Sixth Massachusetts in 1861 (AML archives 2008.4.1-11)

Letter dated June 24, 1862, Ship Island, from Warren Teel (Co. E, 26th Mass.) to school teacher Luther Conant, Acton, Mass. (PDF) (courtesy Brewster Conant)

Letter from Nathaniel Allen to War Department acknowledging receipt of Medal of Honor, March 31, 1899   (courtesy National Archives and Records Administration)


Military records

Order from Colonel Edward F. Jones, April 15, 1861 (manuscript image courtesy of Acton Historical Society)

Report of Colonel Edward F. Jones, April 22, 1861  From: The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Series 1, vol. 2, pp 7-9.


G.A.R. records

Membership roster, Isaac Davis Post No. 138 G.A.R. (Acton Memorial Library archives 73.3.3) (PDF, 38 pages)

Personal War Sketches of the Members of Isaac Davis Post No. 138 G.A.R., West Acton (bound manuscript, 146 pages, Acton Memorial Library archives 92.2.1)

Presentation of G.A.R. flag by W.R.C. Concord Enterprise, May 28, 1902.

Presentation of G.A.R. flag by W.R.C. Concord Enterprise, May 27, 1914.


Memorial Library and Soldiers' Tablets

Documents related to the Dedication of the Acton Memorial Library and Soldiers' Tablets, 1890


Miscellaneous newspaper accounts

The first week of War, transcribed from The Lowell Weekly Journal, April 19, 1861.

"Massachusetts troops enroute to Washington." Transcribed from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, April 30, 1861.

"The Heroes Who First Fell." Transcribed from Harper's Weekly, May 4, 1861.

"The Fight at Baltimore" (letter to the editor). Transcribed from Harper's Weekly, June 1, 1861.

"Through Baltimore, The Old Sixth Massachusetts Regiment, Celebrating the Twenty-fourth Anniversary of Their Memorable March." Boston Globe, April 19, 1885.

"Luke Smith's 82nd birthday." Boston Globe, February 13 and 23, 1895.

Medal of Honor awarded to Nathaniel M. Allen, Concord Enterprise, June 1, 1899.

Minutemen of '61 medals to W. Littlefield and J. E. Richardson. Concord Enterprise, January 7, 1903.

"Jones, Commanding Colonel of Famous 6th Regt. Recalls The Start From Boston." Boston Globe, April 17, 1911.


Publications (see also Bibliography, which includes links to online texts.)

Conant, Luther. "The Civil War." In Acton in History, by James Fletcher. J.W. Lewis, 1890. 284-287. (PDF)

Schouler, William. "Acton." In: A History of Massachusetts in the Civil War. Boston: Published by the Author, 1871.  Vol. 2, 367-369. (PDF)