Loren enlisted with this brother-in-law Milton Lafler in the Eighth New York Heavy Artillery. They served together in Company B. Milton's brother-in-law Joel Baker eventually became commander of the unit. After the Civil War Loren was not content at home. He went prospecting out west in California and Utah. The last area he explored was later the site of a major borax discovery. Loren returned to western NY and engaged in carpentry. He and his younger brother Charlie worked together. Accoridng to their great nephew Huey Lafler they argued constantly about how to do things but were inseparable. They built a delivery wagon for Lafler's general store in the upper story of a barn then had to cut the side out of the barn to remove it. In the 1890s Loren got the bug to travel again and went to northern California. Charlie stayed behind to care for their mother and joined him there after she died. It is believed that Charlie died in California and Loren spent time in Ohio, New York and Florida. He spent a short period in the Civil War Veterans Home in Bath, NY and died in Florida. Loren never married.