37th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment

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3rd Brigade (Edward's), 1st Division, Sixth Corps


Notes On Soldiers


Lt. Flavel King Sheldon was wounded during the final assault on Petersburg on April 2, 1865. He was shot through the hand, which fortunately slowed the bullet before it struck him in the chest and fell down inside his uniform. The bullet was later found in his boot! Although he qualified for a disability pension for his wounds, he went on to become a prize-winning cattle breeder and Massachusetts state legislator. He died Nov. 24, 1909, and is buried in Center Cemetery in his native Southampton, Massachusetts.

Private Edward H. Packer, Company I, was from Agawam, Massachusetts. He passed away on 21 August 1901 at the Chelsea Soldiers Hospital and is buried with his wife's family (Dennison Plot) at Cousins Island, Maine He was a school employee, teacher, and fisherman.

Private William B. Twining (Turning), Company B, was wounded on May 3, 1863 at Salem Church, Virginia.

John Charles Rockwood enlisted as a private in Company D on 02 Sep 1862 and was later promoted to full corporal. Mustered out at Washington, D.C. on 21 June 1865. John was born in Lewiston, Niagara County, New York on 24 March 1844 and married Clara “Addie” Clark on 9 Jul 1871. He died of tuberculosis in Spencer, Massachusetts in November of 1880.

Private Horace Clement Russell, Company F, of North Hadley, Massachussetts attended a reunion at Gettysburg many years after the war and was photographed with his old comrades and the regiment's monument on the battlefield.



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