line of that fire, and, returning it at once, covered the retreat of our generals.
adds, that the regiment was then ordered to lie down upon the ground, and that Captain Shurtleff
‘had just raised himself on his elbow to see that his men were protecting themselves,’ when a second volley came from the enemy concealed by a thick wood in front, and he received a ball in the neighborhood of the heart.
He said, ‘I am shot!
He was tenderly raised by three of his men, but before they reached the rear he was dead.
His loss to his company and the regiment is almost irreparable.
As brave an officer as ever drew the breath of life, a true soldier and gentleman, he fell as falls the truly brave, patriot hero, shedding his life's young blood in defence of that sacred boon bequeathed him by his fathers.
His body was conveyed to Washington
, there embalmed, and thence transported to Boston
He was buried (in accordance with his own request, made in anticipation of such an end) from the Church
of the Immaculate Conception
, in Boston
, on the 16th of August, 1862, with a high mass of requiem, and was laid to rest at Mount Auburn
with a soldier's honors and with heartfelt grief.
That the death of this young man, of but twenty-four years, was esteemed no common bereavement, was manifested in a public meeting of sympathy by the citizens of the ward, by the adjournment of the Superior Court until after the funeral, and by the numerous letters to his parents from distinguished and eminent citizens, expressive of the general sorrow at his sudden and early death.
Perhaps this record cannot better close than with the following extract from a letter by Hon. Robert C. Winthrop
His name is now enrolled where it cannot be forgotten on earth, and it will often be called up to inspire our American youth with ardor and heroism in the service of their country.
I know how poor a consolation this is for the first sorrows of a father's and a mother's heart.
God alone can supply strength for such an hour of anguish.
Yet the time will come, when you will look back on such a death for your boy as better than any life which even his rich promise and accomplishments could have realized.