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Gorham Phillips Stevens.

Second Lieutenant 70th New York Vols. (Infantry), January 2, 1862; first Lieutenant, May 5, 1862; died at Harrison's Landing, Va., August 12, 1862, of disease contracted in the service.


Gorham Phillips Stevens was born at North Andover, Massachusetts, December 7, 1841. He was the son of William and Elizabeth Barnard (Phillips) Stevens; and the younger brother of Colonel William O. Stevens, whose biography appears earlier in this work. His name unites those of families prominent in Eastern Massachusetts, and his birthplace was in the district where the influence of his mother's family has been specially felt in such institutions as, the Andover Seminary and Phillips Academy. In October,. 1849, his father removed to Lawrence, where he still resides. There Gorham passed through the successive stages of the public schools. While in the Grammar School he commanded for three years a military company of twenty boys, most of whom were older than himself, and every one of whom ultimately took part in the war for the Union. He entered Phillips Academy in 1857, in his sixteenth year. His career there was like the college career that followed it, quiet and genial, yet active, and showing much maturity, finding its freest expression in the debating societies and in the verses he wrote. It is worth while to quote one passage on ‘Free and Slave Labor,’ written at fifteen:—

May these tides never meet, the one so black
It poisons all it meets upon its track;
The other crystal, from the throne of God,
Pure as the stream brought forth by Moses' rod.
But as it is, let us our duty do,
Although our opportunities be few,
And let us labor that our feeling then
Shall be “ content on earth, good — will to men.”

Dr. S. H. Taylor, principal of Phillips Academy, thus described the character of this young pupil:—

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