James Hearn, Civil War Soldier


James H. Belcher
Born in Chicopee, Mass._Son of Benjamin B. Belcher,_by occupation a Moulder,_Married,_at the age of 42 enlisted for nine months in the 46th Regiment of Infantry, Mass. Vols._Company D._Mustered into service on the 25th of September, 1862.
He performed his part in all duties and movements of the regiment, and returned to Chicopee with the company, July 21st, 1863._At Whitehall, December 16th, 1862, Belcher acted as volunteer sharpshooter,_Served on the ambulance corps about a month, including the time of the Trent Road reconnoissances.
Mustered out of service July 29th, 1863 at Springfield, Mass.
Previous to the above mentioned connection with the army, Belcher had military experience._He enlisted in June 1847, in the 2nd U.S. Infantry, regular service, and was engaged in the Mexican War. He was present at the capture of the city of Mexico under General Scott, and remained seven months in the city._Discharged from the service on the 17th of August, 1848.
When in the summer of 1862, recruiting was commenced for the 37th Massachusetts Regiment, Belcher volunteered, but was not accepted on account of loss of teeth.
His subsequent connection with the 46th Regiment showed that his ability equaled his readiness to serve the cause of his country.


ca. 1861-1865


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“James Hearn, Civil War Soldier,” Chicopee Archives Online, accessed January 17, 2018, http://www.chicopeepubliclibrary.org/archives/items/show/2483.