ithout having obtained further information.
Uncertainty was at last removed by the receipt of a letter from the Surgeon dated August 18th, giving an account of his case and its chances, with a note also from Mr. T. J. Randolph to his friend Professor Rogers, the brother-in-law of Major Savage, saying that he would endeavor to communicate once a week with his friends of his condition.
The last words written by dear James came at the bottom of the surgeon's letter, feebly traced by his left hand, to his brother, Professor Rogers.
my dearest William,—Your friends here leave nothing to be desired.
I am pretty much broken up, but am sure of the best treatment.
Best love to all.
From your Major.
Then there came a short message from his beloved friend, Captain H. S. Russell, from the Libby Prison in Richmond:—
I was taken while tying a handkerchief round Jim Savage's leg. Write to his father that he was wounded in the arm and leg, and taken.
I have not seen him s
from that thought strive to be understood:— These take, and now go seek thy peace in war; Who falls for love of God shall rise a star.
Edward Bromfield Mason.
Assistant Surgeon 14th Mass. Vols. (1st Mass. Heavy artillery), March 1, 1862; Second Lieutenant 2d Mass. Cavalry, June 4, 1863; died September 14, 1863, at Readville, Mass., of injuries received from an accident in camp.
Edward Bromfield Mason was born July 2, 1837, in Boston.
He was the son of William Powell and Hannah (Rogers) Mason, and the grandson of Jonathan Mason, who was United States Senator from Massachusetts from 1800 to 1803.
As a boy, he was unusually attractive in person and character, uniting in an uncommon degree gentleness and warm affections with a spirit of daring and cool courage that helped him out of, as well as led him into, many difficulties.
After going through the usual course of studies in various schools, at fifteen years of age he accompanied his parents to Europe, and the eighteen
e taught the power and passion which may slumber unknown in the depths of the most quiet natures, we may also learn anew the lesson that a man may be a hero without disregard of the claims of humanity or defiance of the laws of God.
William Matticks Rogers.
Private 18th Mass. Vols. (Infantry), September, 186; Quartermaster-Sergeant; Sergeant-Major; died at Savage's Station, Va., of disease contracted in the service, June, 1862.
William Matticks Rogers was born in Boston October 26,William Matticks Rogers was born in Boston October 26, 1838.
His father was an Englishman by birth, but at the age of ten years was brought to this country, and is well remembered as in later life the pastor of the Winter Street Church in Boston.
His mother's maiden name was Adelia Strong, daughter of the Hon. Solomon Strong of Leominster, and a lineal descendant from Elder John Strong, a stanch and pious Puritan, who came to this country in 1629.
The mother died in 1848, and the father in August, 1851; so that William Rogers was left an orphan