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Horace Sargent Damrell

  • Birth 31 Dec 1842 Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 7 Mar 1862 Georgetown, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 85767545

Civil War Soldier
Corporal, Co. A, 9th Massachusetts Infantry
Sergeant, Co. H, 18th Massachusetts Infantry

The son of William Shapleigh and Adeline A.(Neef) Damrell. His father, who died in May 1860, was a former U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts, while Horace was a graduate of Dedham High School.

Horace was an 18-year-old Machinist from Dedham, MA, when he enlisted in that town on April 20, 1861 and was mustered into 9th Mass. Infantry as a Corporal in Co. A on May 21, 1861. He was discharged due to disability on July 6, 1861.

Horace enlisted again on August 9, 1861 and was mustered into the 18th Mass. Infantry on August 24, 1861 as a Private in Co. H. Mature and possessing leadership qualties beyond his years, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on an unknown date, but shortly after being mustered. Horace died of Typhoid Fever at Seminary Hospital in Georgetown, Washington, DC on March 7, 1862 and was taken back to Dedham, MA for burial. His internment was at Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain in the same lot as his father who died in 1860.

Excerpt from article written by Erastus W. Everson, Co. H, 18th Mass. Infantry for "Stories of Our Soldiers: War Reminiscences by Carleton" ; Journal Newspaper Company, Boston, MA (1898); pp. 141-146

At Halls's Hill all the Sergeants of Company H occupied one tent. The day after our start for the peninsular campaign, March 11, 1862, news of the death from typhoid fever in Georgetown hospital whither we had sent him, of Sergeant Horace Damrell was received. It made a vacancy in that coterie, the memory of which time cannot efface. Steps were immediately taken to embalm and send home his body. He lies at Forest Hills. The memory of Sergeant Damrell is deserving of more than a passing notice. He joined us at Readville, his native town, having just been mustered out of with distinction three months. He was an excellent non-commissioned officer and was one of the first volunteers, I was told, who helped Lieut. Greble with his detachment of the Second United States Artillery, at the battle of Great Bethel, June 10, 1861, and when that officer was killed was instrumental in bringing the piece to the rear. Between him and the writer there existed an untarnished friendship, increased by the recollections on my part of the heroic efforts of his father, Hon. William S. Damrell, who while suffering from pain and disability had the spirit and the courage to appear before the public, to further his eloquent appeals the cause of the Union, during the stormy days preceding the resort to arms.


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  • Created by: Donald Thompson
  • Added: 26 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 85767545
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Horace Sargent Damrell (31 Dec 1842–7 Mar 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 85767545, citing Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory, Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Donald Thompson (contributor 46594704) .