of obtaining experience in the surgical part of my profession.
Colonel Cogswell, who will probably be confirmed as Brigadier-General in a few weeks, has promised to take me on his staff as aide-decamp.
If you still feel opposed to my making this change, please write.
After much delay,—during which, following the wishes of his parents, he applied for a transfer as Assistant Surgeon
from his present position to a regiment in the field, and found that such a transfer was against the regulations,—he accepted a commission as Second Lieutenant
in the Second Massachusetts Cavalry, offered him by Colonel Lowell
In August he sent in his resignation as Assistant Surgeon
, and shortly afterwards reported himself at Readville, where a part of the regiment was recruiting.
At an evening parade, his horse, an undisciplined one, reared and fell backwards upon him, inflicting a serious injury, which after a fortnight of severe suffering proved fatal to him.
The following extract from a tribute to his memory which appeared in the papers shortly after his death, from the pen of a friend in no way connected with him, will show how those estimated his character who had an opportunity of forming an unprejudiced judgment of it.
No careful observer of his thoughtful and expressive face can have failed to see beneath that clear serenity a latent power capable of being brought into earnest action; and in the nameless slight courtesies, addressed to those who most needed them, which mark the true gentleman, no one could have hesitated to recognize the self-forgetfulness which led him to brave the peril of a fearful disease, from which the timid shrank, in order to minister to the extreme needs of a friend.
All honor to the simple goodness which would have refused praise for a deed which was doubtless a necessity to his kindly nature,—a deed which won for him the respect of many who would have hesitated to follow his example.
Endowed with all the qualities that make home lovely,—amiable, unselfish, intelligent,—with a touch, if we mistake not, of romance, which might instigate the possessor to swerve a little from the beaten track, this young man seemed born to make brighter the fortunate circumstances in which he was placed by