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Henry May Bond

Sergeant 45th Mass. Vols. (Infantry), October 8, 1862—July 8, 1863; first Lieutenant and Adjutant 20th Mass. Vols. October 6, 1863; died at Washington, May 14, 1864, of wounds received at the battle of the Wilderness and from guerillas.

Henry May Bond was born at Boston, April 3, 1836. His parents were George William Bond and Sophia A. (May) Bond. A gentle, conscientious, and affectionate boy, he was not much given to rough boys' plays, but he was manly, and not wanting on occasion in that energy and persistence which belonged to him in virtue of his Huguenot as well as Puritan descent.

Mr. C. K. Dillaway, who fitted him for college, writes: ‘When under my instructions he had, as you remember, an infirmity of the eyes, which rendered his progress very difficult and painful. Most young men would have been discouraged: he never was. From the beginning to the end, he allowed nothing to dishearten him.’

But what struck one most in his character at that time was his love of home, and the entire frankness of his intercourse with father and mother,—not his own mother, she having died when he was very young,—adding to the love of parent and child that of intimate and dear friends. Going out into the world from that home, sweet and sunny with Christian love, he carried with him in its memory and teachings a shield against the many temptations which beset his impresssionable nature.

He was fitted for Harvard College chiefly by Mr. Dillaway, and entered as a Freshman, in 1855, with his younger brother William; the two brothers being chums in college, as they were to be afterwards comrades in battle. His warm social nature found much to enjoy in college life, and his affections took deep root there. He was known and loved by the whole Class

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