Do I truly live now?
O, I dare not speak confidently, but I hope I do.
I do love God.
I do desire to take up my cross and follow Christ and .be his disciple.
I do wish to live in communion with the Holy Spirit.
O, I shall have the noblest motives to inspire me. Not only shall I be working to maintain government, to put down treason, but I cannot help hoping that it will be my privilege to aid, in some degree, in the redemption of a race.
I feel every day more sure that our land can never again enjoy peace and quiet, can never receive the blessings of God, can never raise its head again unshamed, until we have done full justice to the negro.
Here we see the guiding principles which led him to take his life in his hand and to ally himself with a despised race, in the hope of doing something for their elevation and the salvation of his native land.
Here are the sentiments plainly expressed by him in health and strength, which he cherished as his chief consolation in the sad hours of his lonely sickness and death.
His regiment was ordered in July to Newbern, North Carolina
After staying there a few days, it was transported to Folly Island
, where it participated in the siege of Fort Wagner
Soon after his arrival in that trying climate, Alden
was taken sick, and, the surgeon's efforts to check the disease proving unavailing, nothing remained but to seek home air again.
After a great struggle he sent in his resignation, and set out for the North
on the 2d of October; but too late.
At Hilton Head
he was just too late for the steamer for New York, and could only be taken to the army hospital, where he died October 5, 1863.
His body, obtained