The last evening of his life was spent in entertaining these officers.
The rest must be told in the words of others.
The two letters which follow are from his cousin, Captain Rodman of the Thirty-eighth Massachusetts, and from Adjutant Loring of the same regiment.
before Port Hudson, June 7, 1863.
my dear uncle,—I wrote you and Aunt S. a few lines on the 28th ultimo, giving you the particulars of William's death on the 27th.
I think it best now to give such a connected to all those who knew him will be some sad consolation to you in your grief.
He fell nobly and in a noble cause.
May all these sacrifices be rewarded.
May God temper your sorrow to you.
With deep respect,
Your obedient servant, Frank W. Loring. Mr. Rodman.
Most of those whom this book commemorates were very young men, who had no life-long habits to surmount, no settled pursuits to abandon, and to whom the new duty of military service came as the first grand interest and joy of