Kimmitt Genealogical Research

25 May 2014

Just a Few Civil War Dead From Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

My previous post lists the 29 men on the Civil War Monument on the Shrewsbury, Massachusetts town common. Most of their deaths are recorded all together in the vital records of the Town Clerk of Shrewsbury, and can be found here on The clerk took the time to mention some details of their enlistment and death circumstances. Here are just a few.

John F. Howe
17 March 1864, John F. Howe, 18 years, 2 months and 24 days old, died in Shrewsbury [Camp Nelson?], male, single, laborer, born in Shrewsbury, son of William H. Howe born Shrewsbury and his wife Eliza Shaw from Palmer or Brimfield. He died of cerebro-spinal meningitis, and is interred in Shrewsbury. Undertaker or informant was A. F. Maynard, recorded Jan. 7, 1865. "Mr. Howe enlisted from Shrewsbury Jan. 4 1864 in 21 Regt. M. V. M. Co. G. as private and died as above recorded."

Nathan B. Garfield
10 May 1864 (sic), Nathan B. Garfield, 28 years, 3 months and 27 days old, died in Petersburg, Va., male, single, apothecary, born in Shrewsbury, son of Jonas and Rhoda Garfield, died of "gunshot wound in abdomen. Mr. Garfield enlisted from Shrewsbury… in 25 Regt. Co. I as private and was wounded in abdomen during the battle in front of Petersburg, Va. May 9, and died the next day."

Jonas M. Wheelock
18 August 1864, Jonas M. Wheelock, 17 years, 6 months, 27 days, died in Andersonville, Ga., male, single, laborer, born Shrewsbury, son of Abraham Wheelock, born Northboro, and wife Mary C. Maynard [illegible], interred at Andersonville, Ga., informant A. F. Maynard, registered 7 Jan. 1865. "Mr. Wheelock enlisted from Shrewsbury March 7, 1862 in 11 Regt. U. S. I A. F. as private. Taken prisoner at Chancellorsville, Va. Carried to Andersonville, Va."

Several died of bullet wounds: Franklin J. Perry was "shot through the head and died instantly at battle of Coal Harbor, Va." on And Charles F. Rice died at Spottsylvania, Va. of gunshot wounds on May 8th of 1864. And Master Sergeant William H. Williams, 20, bootmaker, died in the Battle of the Wilderness, Va., "at the head of his men, by being shot in forehead, neck and breast."

Several others died of of chronic diarrhea: on 22 July 1864, 30 year-old married shoemaker Charles F. Gleason died at Broad and Cherry Street Hospital, Philadelphia; and 24-year old shoemaker Albert W. Carey died in the hospital at Point of Rocks, Virginia on 19 September 1864.

24 May 2014

Civil War Memorial, Town Common, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

East-Facing Side

Nathan B. Garfield
Chas. F. Gleason
Frank L. Hapgood
Hollis Holden
Amasa S. Hyde
John F. Howe
Michael O’Laughlin


South-Facing Side

Alonzo B. Louks
Calvin C. Pratt
Franklin J. Perry
Alfred F. Porter
Chas. F. Rice
Edward P. Richardson
Geo. W. B. Sawyer


West-Facing Side

Elijah Smith
Geo. E. Sprague
Henry A. Sawtell
Jonas M. Wheelock
Wm. H. Willson
Chas. G. Ward. Adjt.
J. J. Witherbee, M. D.


North-Facing Side

Edward A. Andrews
Albert W. Carey
Horatio A. Cutting
Jas. H. Cutting
Silas N. Cater
Hiram W. Doane
Thos. B. Eaton
Leander Fay


Visit for some detail.