The results of these labors and exposures soon became apparent.
In August he was attacked by chills and fever, followed by camp diarrhea, and still later by ulcerated sore throat, terminating in bronchial consumption.
Early in December he obtained leave of absence, and returned to Detroit
, very weak and unable to speak above a whisper, but still retaining his courage and hopeful of ultimate recovery.
In the words of his guardian: ‘When he was told, a few hours before his death, that he could not live, he received it without a fear, and looked on death calmly as his spirit went out, even after he had ceased to move a muscle, being still conscious, seemingly to the last breath.
He fully believed God would do rightly with him, and did not fear to trust him.’
He died on the last day of January, 1864.
He had previously written as follows, from the camp near Brownsville, Arkansas
, September 5, 1863, to Dr. F. H. Brown
, who was then collecting information as to the Harvard
I enlisted as Hospital Steward in February, 1862, and in February, 1863, was promoted to Assistant Surgeon.
Being with the Army of the Tennessee all the time, I have had but little opportunity to learn what was going on at the East, and particularly in Cambridge.
I shall be glad to get any information with regard to my Alma Mater and the doings of her sons, especially in the war, and shall be happy to pay any sum which may be necessary for this purpose.
Before the letter could be answered, he himself had added, in his own modest and silent way, another act of sacrifice to those noble deeds of which he wrote; and the sum which he contributed was his life.