In December, 1855, I again went back to Pierce Academy, and began the study of Latin and Greek under the tuition of C. C. Burnett. In September, 1857, I was admitted into Harvard College. I have been a member of the Institute of 1770, and of the O. K. Where I shall go, or what I shall do, immediately after leaving college, is quite uncertain.Pardon Almy was the second of the Class to die,—he was the first to die on the field of battle. Unhappily, he was not the last so to die; and how many more cherished friends, how many more valuable lives, the wicked Slaveholders' Rebellion will cost us, it is impossible to say.1 Immediately after Commencement, 1861, (where he delivered an essay upon ‘The Prospects of Africa,’) Almy went to New Bedford, where his brother Charles Almy resided, and opened a recruiting-office in that city,—having been promised by Governor Andrew a captain's commission in case he should enlist a company. He was introduced by his brother to the Mayor of New Bedford and to other persons of influence there, and received from them such help as they could afford. But recruiting went on very slowly. After persevering a few weeks in his efforts to raise a company, Almy relinquished the attempt; and, having sent into camp the recruits he had raised, he himself went to Readville, and acted as instructor in drill During the month of August he was commissioned by Governor Andrew as Second Lieutenant, Company K, Eighteenth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, Colonel Barnes. This regiment went quite early to the seat of war, and arrived in Virginia August 30, 186,—just one year before Almy's death. It was stationed at this time at Hall's Hill, opposite Wasiington. During the following winter this regiment, with others, was principally employed in cutting down woods and building roads, no proper military operations being at that time carried
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1 Note by the Editor.—This sentence is allowed to remain as originally written in the Class-Book, April 22, 1863, by its author, who himself enlisted within a month after that time, and died within six months, in the service. His biography precedes this in the volume.
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