If he had lived, he would have been sure of an honorable and useful career.
His strength of character must necessarily have given him a commanding position in any community; and there can be little doubt that he would have made for himself a place among the most honored public men of his State.
Stephen Goodhue Emerson.
Private 1st Mass. Vols. (Infantry), July, 1862; killed at Chancellorsville, Va., May 3, 1863.
the following extracts are taken from the autobiography of Stephen Emerson in the Class-Book.
They are given at some length, because in no other way can the traits of his simple and manly nature so well be shown.
I was born on the 17th of July, 1838, in Chester, New Hampshire.
My father's name was Nathaniel French Emerson, and he was also a native of this town, as well as my grandfather, John Emerson.
Up to 1858 my father owned a large farm in Chester, and I was brought up a farmer's boy, which I have always esteemed a circumstance to congratulate myse