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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1833 (search)
armony with his temperament. He had the quick perceptions, the ready tact, and the easy elocution which are so important in the trial of causes, but he disliked the drudgery of preparation and was not patient in the investigation of legal questions. This repugnance might have been overcome, had he continued a few years longer in the practice of his profession, but such was not destined to be his fate. His whole course of life received a new direction in consequence of the election of General Harrison to the office of President of the United States in the autumn of 1840. Mr. Daniel Webster became Secretary of State, and Colonel Webster removed to Washington, where he acted as private secretary to his father, and occasionally as assistant Secretary of State. This was a sphere of duty congenial to his tastes. He was a clear and ready writer, and was fond of the discussion of political questions. His father has said that no one could prepare a paper, in conformity with verbal instruc
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1858. (search)
l by the hand of the enemy. Colonel Peabody preceded him about three months, having been killed at Pittsburg Landing, and Major How died on the field in the same battle in which Lowell received his mortal wound. He was also the earliest to fall of seven kinsmen, the lives of five of whom will be found in these volumes. While the soul of this noble young soldier was passing slowly away, his sister, who had for some time been serving as volunteer nurse on a hospital steamer, was lying at Harrison's Bar, on the James River, only a few miles off. She heard of his dangerous wound, and tried every expedient to get to him, but without success. Three years after, that same sister, who had continued all this while in the hospital service, set out from Richmond to find her brother's grave. Following the line of our Army's retreat from Fair Oaks, in his very footsteps, she with some difficulty tracked out the farm-house and at last discovered the tree which marked the place of his burial.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, Biographical Index. (search)
428;, 454. Hand, D. W., Dr., I. 123. Hardee, W. J., Maj.-Gen. (Rebel service), II. 271. Harding, Chester, Jr., I. 158. Hardy, A., II. 159, 160;. Harney, W. S., Brig.-Gen., I. 158,159. Harrington, H. F., Rev., I. 42; II. 236. Harrison, W. H. (President U. S.), I. 21. Harris, Henrietta, I. 45. Hartsuff, G. L., Gen., 1. 26; II. 50, 222;. Hartwell, A. S., Brig.-Gen., . . 404; II. 370, 371;--378, 379, 380,462. Harwood, Walter, I. 94. Haskell, L. F., Brig.-Gen., II.. Ripley, Ezra, Rev. Dr., I. 99. Ripley, Ezra, Lieut., Memoir, I. 99-107. Ripley, Samuel, Rev., I. 99. Ripley, Sarah, I. 73, 99;,115,126. Ritchie, Andrew, I. 110 Ritchie, Montgomery, Capt., Memoir, I. 108 -114. Ritchie, Sophia Harrison, I. 110. Robbins, Chandler, Rev., I. 27. Robbins, E. H., Judge, I. 204. Robeson, A., II. 250. Robeson, Sibyl, II. 250. Robeson, T. R, II. 250. Robeson, T. R., Jr., Capt., Memoir, II. 250-262. Also, II. 106, 107;, 108, 109.