The nine engineers from civil life, including Mr. Elliot
, who served at the front in the Department of the Gulf in 1863–‘64, lost in action three killed and one wounded; also one from disease contracted in the service.
The sixth, we fervently hope, will survive very many campaigns in the Somerville Historical Society.
John H. Rafferty
, a son of the late Patrick Rafferty
, well known and honored for his public services, resided in Somerville
when he joined the Ninth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as second lieutenant.
He was very efficient, and soon made first lieutenant, and was in command of his company at the battle of Malvern Hill
July 1, 1862, and was then mortally wounded.
He was a very brave officer, and his memory is cherished by the survivors of that noble regiment.
enlisted from Somerville
in Company D, Ninth Massachusetts Volunteers, served three years, was an excellent soldier, brave and faithful; was wounded three times; has held a responsible position with a Medford-street meat packing firm for over thirty years.
Edward K. Pepper
, a son of Edward Pepper
, who was for many years an esteemed citizen of this community, was badly wounded on either the Congress
in the engagement with the Merrimac
in Hampton Roads
March 8, 1862.
Our homage is especially due to the enlisted men, who, devoid of hope of personal advancement, animated solely by patriotism, fought with untiring persistency, confident that we would win eventually by mere attrition, not knowing, at the close of a day's combat, whether to congratulate themselves or not on being alive, when, as in the Virginia
campaign of 1864, the contact with the enemy was close, and the struggle almost unceasing and apparently interminable.
It is our duty to aid in preserving the facts of which we are cognizant relative to the deeds of those of our city who were participants in the war which will ever be an epoch in history.
I hope this contribution will be regarded as of some value.