Rice, John Lovell
Age: 23, credited to Weathersfield, VT
Unit(s): 2nd NH INF, 16th NH INF, 75th US CINF
Service: Pvt, Co. A, 2nd NH INF, 4/28/61-11/26/62, CAPT, Co> H, 16th NH INF, 11/26/62-8/20/63, LTCOL 75th USCI, 10/31/63-11/25/65
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Birth: 02/01/1840, Weathersfield, VT
Burial: Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, MA
Marker/Plot: Almira Path East Side
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 37507868
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 12/26/1874; widow Elizabeth, 3/15/1923, MA
Portrait?: David Morin Collection
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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2nd or 16th New Hampshire Infantry
75th U.S. Colored Infantry
Dave Morin Collection
Rice, John Lovell, Springfield, Mass. Lawyer. Born Weathersfield (Ascutneyville), Feb. 1, 1840; son of Lysander Mason and Clarinda Whitmore (Upham) Rice. Educated in public schools in Weathersfield and Windsor, and Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, N. H. In 1867 married Marion Virginia Chellis of Cornish, N. H., who died 1873; they had no children; in 1879 married Clara Elilzabeth Galpin of Springfield, Mass.; they have three children, Allen Galpin, Elizabeth Banks, and Ellen Birnie. Clerk in country stor at Cornish Flat, N. H., 1859-61; cotton planter in Avoyelles Parish, La., 1866; provision dealer, Springfield, Mass., 1867-73; lawyer at Springfield, Mass., since 1876. Private Co. A, 2nd New Hampshire Volunteers, April 28, 1861, to Nov. 26, 1862; captain Co. H, 16th New Hampshire Volunteers, Nov. 26, 1862, to Aug. 20, 1863; lieuenant-colonel 75th U. S. Colored Infantry, Oct. 31, 1863, to Nov. 25, 1865; in battles as follows: First Bull Run, Va., July 21, 1861 (shot through the lungs and left on field for dead, funeral at Vermont home); prisoner of war at Libby prison, Richmond, Va., July, 1861, to Jan. 3, 1862, when exchanged; rejoined regiment as private on exchange, and served until promoted captain in 16th New Hampshire Regiment; Siege of Yorktown, Va., March-May, 1862; Williamsburg, Va., May 5, 1862; Fair Oaks, Va., May 31, 1862; Oak Grove, Va., June 25, 1862; Savage Station, Va., June 28, 1862; White Oak Swamp, Va., June 29, 1862; Glendale, Va., June 30, 1862; Malvern Hill, Va., July 1, 1862; Bristoe Station, Va., Aug. 25, 1862; Second Bull Run, Va., Aug. 29-30, 1862; Chantilly, Va., Sept. 1, 1862; Butte a la Rose, La., April 8, 1863; Siege of Port Hudson, La., July-Aug. 1863; Pleasant Hill, La., April 9, 1864; Cane River, La., April, 1864; received the surrender of the last organized body of Confederates at Washington, La., June 5, 1865. A Democrat; inspector of U. S. customs, port of Boston, 1874-6; member Massachusetts Legislature from Springfield, session of 1882, chairman committee on military affairs; postmaster at Springfield, Mass., 1886-90; chief of police department, Springfield,Mass., 1882, 189-4; U. S. commissioner for district of Massachusetts, at Springfield, since 1890; deputy clerk U. S. district court and U. S. circuit court, district of Massachusetts, since 1910; Democratic candidate for mayor, Springfield, Mass., 1896 and 1897; Democratic candidate for congressman, 2nd Massachusetts district, in 1908. Member Hampton Lodge of Masons, Springfield, Mass.; Cheshire Lodge, Cornish, N. H.,; Grand Army of the Republic; past commander E. K. Wilcox Post, G.A.R., Springfield, Mass.; judge advocate, Department of Massachusetts, G.A.R., 1879; member Military Order of the Loyal Legion, Massachusetts Commandery; vice-president Connecticut Valley Historical Society of Springfield, Mass.; member American Economic Association. Maintains summer home at Ascutneyville, Vt., in house where he was born, and which was erected by his father in 1833. Office, 476 Main Street, Springfield, Mass. Residence, 50 Dexter Street, Springfield, Mass.
Source: Prentiss C. Dodge, Encyclopedia Vermont Biography, Ullery Publishing Company, 1912, p. 298.