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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1845. (search)
1845. Peter Augustus Porter. Colonel 129th New York Vols. (afterwards 8th New York heavy artillery), August 17, 1862; killed at cold Harbor, Va., June 3, achievement of every possibility life could have bestowed. Of such was Peter Augustus Porter, a graduate of Harvard of the Class of 1845. He died in the service ofbout him, using all his powers and opportunities with a high and noble aim, Colonel Porter had endeared himself to a large circle of friends by ties of more than ordis with him were purely personal and domestic. My first acquaintance with Colonel Porter was at the University of Heidelberg, where he appeared in my room,—a fair-h the Century for a rare act of heroic devotion in rescuing the body of Colonel Peter A. Porter from under the guns of the enemy. Two of them, by the chances of war,ft the following record of his upright and modest adherence to duty: I, Peter Augustus Porter, being of sound mind, do declare this to be my last will and testament
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1858. (search)
the truth about these little fights; some men talk one way, some the other, and one can rarely tell which to believe . . . . I don't wish to be shot in a skirmish or on picket, but in a real fight, if I am to be hit again . . . . The fighting yesterday [at Oak Grove] was quite severe, and the loss quite heavy; but we still hold our advanced position. To-day our part of the lines has been quiet; but there has been very heavy cannonading, and probably a severe battle on our right in Porter's corps [Mechanicsville]. It is rumored that he has driven back Stonewall Jackson, and turned the left flank of the enemy; and all our camps have rung with cheers since dark. But the Rebel bands are playing away vigorously in front, perhaps for a reported victory; perhaps to deceive and bother us; perhaps to keep up the spirits of the Rebels; perhaps, and perhaps, and perhaps. As the truth now appears, it is our own bands, which have been dumb for a month, but are now allowed to play; but
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, Appendix. (search)
8vo. pp. 23. Wadsworth (H. U. 1828). Memorial of the late Gen. James S. Wadsworth, delivered before the New York State Agricultural Society at the Close of its Annual Exhibition at Rochester, September 23d, 1864, by the Hon. Lewis F. Allen, of Buffalo (Ex-President of the Society). Buffalo: Franklin Steam Printing House. Thomas, Typographer. 1864. 8vo. pp. 38. [the same.] Proceedings of the Century Association in Honor of the Memory of Brig.—Gen. James S. Wadsworth and Colonel Peter A. Porter, with the Eulogies read by William J. Hoppin and Frederic S. Cozzens, December 3, 1864. New York: D. Van Nostrand, 192 Broadway. 1865. 8vo. pp. 88. Willard (H. U. 1852). The Nation's Hour. A Tribute to Major Sidney Willard, delivered in the West Church, December 21, Forefathers' Day, by C. A. Bartol. Boston: Walker, Wise, and Company, 245 Washington Street. 1862. 8vo. pp. 58. The Editor has also been much indebted to the successive pamphlet reports of the Classes of 85