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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1828. (search)
, whose lands they cleared and brought into market; and they themselves, in process of time, became the most extensive and wealthy landholders of that neighborhood. Mr. Lewis F. Allen, to whose excellent Memorial of General Wadsworth I am indebted for some of the information contained in this paper, intimates that they owed this success to the happy union of their own personal qualities. William, who had a more hardy nature than his brother, carried on all the out-of-door operations, while James, who had received an excellent education at the East, and acquired habits of system and order, managed the finances, entertained the guests, and, by his sound judgment and fine taste, contributed not only to the material prosperity, but to the picturesque beauty of that famous valley. He had graduated at Yale College, and he took into the wild country to which he emigrated a love for letters and refined social intercourse, which made it blossom early with the sweet flowers of mental and mor
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1854. (search)
etween Boston and Roxbury boys. Temple Place, James's home, was nearly middle ground, and those whered to those who could not defend themselves, James was ready to strike; and when he did strike, id Scott's Poems. On the eve of actual battle, James was heard quoting from Henry of Navarre. Beindearly loved sister in the summer of 1854; but James's tone of mind and body had become more elastis,—Horace Furness and Atherton Blight. It was James's especial plan to study agricultural chemistrin Munich. His friend Horace Furness wrote to James's sister, after his death:— What was alwed with painful anxiety. In his early manhood James had given little thought to the political stri of the first quality. The whole company felt James's personal influence, and, although not betterletter from Lieutenant Miller, formerly one of James's sergeants, we may read the story of his wounry effort to learn his fate. He wrote thus to James's father:— near Culpeper Court-House, [4 more...
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1856. (search)
shed him not to leave him until he died, and to inform his parents that he died doing his duty. His mind would often wander, and at times he spoke as if to his mother, and at other times as if to his company on the field. Two of his brothers, James and Henry, belonged to the same corps. James was wounded in the same battle, and died the same day with Charles; and after the battle had ended, Henry visited his wounded brothers. When he came to the hospital where Charles was lying, and had bJames was wounded in the same battle, and died the same day with Charles; and after the battle had ended, Henry visited his wounded brothers. When he came to the hospital where Charles was lying, and had been recognized by him, Charles seemed anxious to know how the battle was going; and among his first questions he asked, Shall we win the day? Henry told him his brother James was mortally wounded. It will be hard, replied Charles, for mother to lose both of us; and the news of his brother's condition more than his own approaching death, seemed to unnerve and prostrate him. From that moment he sank rapidly until the morning of the following day, when he died. His betrothed, whom he had firs
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1860. (search)
ary training, and he wished to be ready for possible contingencies. The defeat of the national army in the first battle at Bull Run was the event that decided him. He applied at once for a commission, and obtained that of Second Lieutenant in the only regiment in which he ever served. The examples of others, doubtless, concurred with the high promptings of his own heart to lead him to join the army. He had, in so doing, the inspiring companionship of his near kinsmen,—the brothers Lowell, James and Charles, and William Lowell Putnam,—of college classmates, and many an old comrade at school. His younger brother, Frank, too, was at this time at home, recovering from his wounds after three months of campaigning in Virginia, and impatiently waiting to be well enough to go back and serve under the commission of Second Lieutenant of Artillery in the Regular Army, which he had just received from the Secretary of War. It was bestowed in recognition of the extraordinary bravery which he,
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1862. (search)
stands,— He died for his country. William James Temple. Captain 17th United States Infantry, August 5, 186; killed at Chancellorsville, Va., May 1, 1863. William James Temple was born in Albany on the 29th of March, 1842. His father, Robert Temple, was a graduate of the West Point Military Academy, and, being appointed to the army, served in Florida and Mexico. Resigning his commission, he was afterwards Adjutant-General of the State of New York. Robert Temple married Katharine James of Albany. William, their son, was sent, when eight years old, to a boarding school at Kinderhook, New York; was there some years; then went to school at Geneva, New York, and afterwards to a school at New Haven, Connecticut. At the age of twelve, he lost both father and mother; there being left with him a brother and four sisters. He seems to have immediately felt that he was at the head of the family. Before he entered College, which was at the age of sixteen, he was already actin
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1863. (search)
1863. Augustus Barker. Second Lieutenant 5th New York Cavalry, October 3, 186; first Lieutenant May 3, 1862; Captain, October 24, 1862; died near Kelly's Ford, Va., September 18, 1863, of wounds received from guerillas, September 17. Augustus Barker was born in Albany, New York, April 24, 1842. He was the son of William Hazard and Jeannette (James) Barker. His grandfather on the paternal side was Jacob Barker of New Orleans, Louisiana. His mother, who died soon after his birth, was the daughter of the late William James of Albany. He attended a variety of schools,—at Albany, Sing-Sing, and Geneva, in New York; at New Haven, Connecticut; and finally at Exeter, New Hampshire, where he was a pupil of the Academy. In July, 1859, he entered the Freshman Class of Harvard University. In College he was genial, frank, and popular. His college life, however, closed with the second term of the Sophomore year, and he soon after entered the volunteer cavalry service of New Y
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1864. (search)
emnly sworn to bear true and faithful allegiance to the United States, and to assist in maintaining its laws against all its enemies. I am now in the service and under the pay of Uncle Sam, as a private in Company H, Fifteenth Massachusetts Regiment. After bidding good by to the dear ones at home, Ira Parkis, Henry Ainsworth, and I came up to. Worcester and were sworn into the service of the United States. In this same company were three cousins of Chapin's, from Whitinsville,—Samuel, James, and George Fletcher, three brothers, who are several times mentioned in this sketch in the extracts from Chapin's diary and letters. On the 13th of August the recruits left Camp Cameron in Cambridge, to join their respective regiments in the field. On the 14th they arrived in New York, and on the 15th were embarked on board the steamship Catawba for Fortress Monroe, where they arrived next day. Here the news came that McClellan had evacuated Harrison's Landing. Accordingly the recruit
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1865. (search)
f his enlistment drew towards its close, his appeals for a place in the artillery or cavalry became more earnest. In response to them an effort had already been made to obtain a commission for him, when on the 4th of March, 1863, he suddenly made his appearance in Boston. The cause of this was soon explained. During the last few months the question as to the employment of colored troops had often been discussed by him while in camp, and especially with his friends Simpkins and Sergeant James. The former was several years older than his two young companions, and of so noble a character that Cabot's friends acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to him for his good influence over their absent soldier-boy. The result was, that when Governor Andrew wrote to Colonel Lee, requesting him to send from his regiment a certain number of young men as officers for the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts, Cabot was among those to whom the offer was made. It was a question of duty against incli