Acton Memorial Library
|USN||Recg. Ship Ohio, USS Housatonic, USS George Mangham||enl. July 30, 1862, at Boston, for 1 yr., as Landsman||disch. Aug. 10, 1863||credit Essex||age 20|
||Private; enl. Dec. 31, 1863; must. Jan. 12, 1864; comm. 2nd Lieut., June 16, 1865; not must; comm. 1st Lieut., June 26, 1865; ot must.||must. out July 12, 1865 as 1st Sergt.||Cambridgeport||bookbinder||age 21|
|Co.||Regiment||Date Filed||Type||App. No.||Cert. No.||State||Beneficiary/Remarks|
Ohio, USS Housatonic, USS George Mangham
|Feb. 29, 1892||Invalid||1 094 513||1 127 945||Mass.|
|March 12, 1927||Widow||1 573 231||A-7-27-27||Conn.||Abbie Lawrence|
Recorded as member no. 10 in the membership roster of Isaac Davis Post No. 138 G.A.R., Acton, Massachusetts (Acton Memorial Library archives, 92.2.1).
Fifteen members of Isaac Davis Post No. 138 G.A.R. in front of the Telephone Office Building, West Acton, on May 30, 1924 (photograph, Acton Memorial Library archives 24.1.1)
|Date||February 16, 1927|
|Obituary||Concord Enterprise, February 23, 1927|
|Burial||Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, Mass.|
|Survived by||Abbie Lawrence|
Born in Cambridge in 1844, James Richard Lawrence first enlisted in the Navy in July 1862, as a landsman and served for one year on the Ohio, the Housatonic, and a mortar barge called the George Mangham. At the end of December 1863, he enlisted as a first sergeant in the 56th Massachusetts Infantry. Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in June 1865, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant within the month. He was in the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna River, Cold Harbor, Weldon Railroad, Pequam Farm, and the siege of Petersburg. He was never wounded, confined in hospital, or taken prisoner After the war he worked at Hall Brothers pail factory in West Acton for a time, but in 1890 he took a job at the Reformatory in Concord and worked there for 25 years until retiring. He died in 1927. (Source: Text from "Not Afraid to Go", exhibit at the Acton Memorial Library).
James R. Lawrence is recorded in the 1890 special veterans census as a resident of Acton (source: Ancestry.com. 1890 Veterans Schedules [database on-line]).
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