From John's pension card obtained at FamilySearch, we can see that he served in the 44th Massachusetts Infantry, Company I.
We can also tell that he received a pension of $12/month as of March 6, 1907, that his death date of April 9, 1910 was reported by E. T. Shackford and that he lived at 37 Spruce Street in Malden, Massachusetts. Other sources let us know that E. T. Shackford was Ernest Taylor Shackford, his son.
John Tyler Shackford (1841-1910)
From the 1890 Veteran's Census, we know that John enlisted in the Company I, 44th Massachusetts Infantry on August 28, 1962 and that he was discharged 9 months later on June 18, 1863. In 18900 he told the census takers that he was suffering from chills and malaria. According to the National Park Service Civil War WEB site, this unit served in North Carolina and the University of North Carolina Civil War Day by Day WEB site includes transcribed Portions of “Leaves from a Diary Written While Serving in Co. E, 44 Mass., Dep’t of No. Carolina,” an account, written by John Jasper Wyeth of Co. E, of the experiences of the 44th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. The blog posting on Jan 8, 2013 includes a transcription of the diary describing an apparent outbreak of malaria. The diary also described day to day account of this unit's activities. These experiences must have stayed with John his whole life.
We'll provide a biography of the rest of John's life at a later date.
1890 Special Schedule - Surviving Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines, and Widows, etc., Middlesex County, Massachusetts, special schedule - surviving soldiers, sailors, and marines, and widows, etc., Malden, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District 548, no page number, Index 38.51, No 40, Dwelling 80, family 88, John Tyler Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 November 2013).
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