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[348] who knew his physical unfitness for military service,—and, indeed, without their knowledge,—he enlisted in the Fourteenth Massachusetts Battery, (Captain Wright,) then in camp at Readville. There he was detailed as clerk at the post headquarters. At a review of the troops by Major-General Burnside, he stood for several hours with wet feet; took a severe cold, which brought on a congestion of the lungs; went home on a three days furlough, which was extended to three weeks on account of his continued illness, and returned to camp on the 14th of March. It was then found, on examination, that he was physically unfit for the service, and he was dropped without having been mustered in.

This new discouragement did not hinder him from trying again. He went alone to Hartford, Connecticut, and enlisted as a private there; but before being assigned to any regiment, was taken sick and died in Hartford, April 17th, 1864, aged twenty-nine years and four months. His relatives were with him in his last illness, and brought his body home for burial. The funeral services were held in his father's house, four days later. His body rests in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Taunton.

Not much more can be said of the uneventful life of this young man, whose military service was so short, and who, though he twice enlisted as a private soldier, never saw a battle. Those who knew him from early childhood,—and the writer of this notice is one of them,—knew him to be amiable, generous, honorable in his intentions, and without malice in his heart. Many have mourned that his early promise should have been clouded by physical disease and lost in premature death; yet it is their satisfaction to remember that he gave his life to the cause of freedom and his country.

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