July 15, 1845 (Norwalk, CT) – June 23, 1865 (Cincinnati, OH); 19 years old
Enlisted August 22, 1862
Mustered in August 28, 1862
Unit: 17th Regiment, Connecticut Volunteers, Company F

Taken prisoner February 5, 1865 at Dunn’s Lake, FL.

Died June 23, 1865 of “marasmus and excessive gastric irritation.” Marasmus is defined as “a wasting of flesh without fever or apparent disease; a kind of consumption; atrophy; phthisis.


Joshua’s father, Alexander, and older brother, Charles W. served with Co. A, 17th CVI. Joshua served with his oldest brother, James H. in Co. F.

Joshua and James were captured at Dunn’s Lake, Fl., February 5th, 1865, sent to Andersonville Prison, GA., both were paroled April 21, 1865. Joshua was returning to Connecticut in June 1865 with Capt. C. Fred Betts, Co. F, via Ohio when he became ill and died at Marine General Hospital, Cincinnati on June 21st.

From The Norwalk Gazette June 27, 1865

The funeral of Joshua Lounsbury, a member of Co. F, 17th Regiment, was attended in this town on Sunday last, the Burnside Guards of South Norwalk performing escort duty and firing a volley over his grave. Mr. L. was captured at the time Col. Wilcoxson was wounded; suffered it is said, severely while a prisoner; was paroled and came on with Capt. Betts as far as Cincinnati where he was left sick.

Buried in Norwalk Union Cemetery, Norwalk, CT; Avenue H. Photo from


Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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