|Birth: ||May 15, 1822|
|Death: ||Aug., 1864|
Jacob Parker Gould was the son of Jacob and Phoebe (Parker) Gould. As a young man, he worked as a shoemaker until he saved enough money to go to college. He graduated at Norwich University in Vermont, Class of 1849, with the degree of Bachelor of Science, and remained there, tutoring students in mathematics, for a year. He then taught school in Stoneham and Wilmington, Massachusetts, for a few years, then became a civil engineer, and followed that profession until the Civil War. In addition, in 1852-53 he was an officer in the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, and in 1855 and 1859 he served in the Massachusetts legislature.
At the beginning of the Civil War he organized a company, the Stoneham Grey Eagles, which became Company G, Thirteenth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. However, he did not command that company, as he was commissioned the Major of that regiment on July 16, 1861. For almost three years he served as such, in the Eastern Theater, and his regiment knew him as the "Fighting Major." On April 24, 1864, he was discharged, to accept a commission of Colonel, Fifty-ninth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered the following day as such. On July 30, 1864, he was mortally wounded by a gunshot wound in his left knee, at the mine explosion at Petersburg, Virginia. He was brought to City Point and had his left leg amputated and was then transferred to the Officers' Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, arriving on August 20. He had suffered severely from the effects of the amputation. "On the following morning a large artery burst in the wound, and although the bleeding was soon checked, he had not strength to recover from the shock, and gradually sank away and died on the evening of August 21, 1864." On January 15, 1869, the J. Parker Gould Post 75, Department of Massachusetts, Grand Army of the Republic, was chartered in Stoneham, in his memory.
Sources: NORWICH UNIVERSITY... by William A. Ellis (1898), pp. 299-300, and MASSACHUSETTS SOLDIERS... 2: 71 and 5: 50.
Note: The above sources give the date of Colonel Gould's death as August 21, 1864, but the inscription on his grave gives it as August 22, 1864.
Plot: Lot 178
Created by: Leon Edmund Basile
Record added: Feb 29, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24961837