ecclesiastic,’ whose life was saved from a French bullet by the Bible
in his pocket, did valiant service for his country at the taking of Louisburg
could not resist his country's call in her deepest need.
home had been broken up by the removal of his father and mother to California
some time before, and there was nothing to hold him back.
He enlisted February 9, 1863; was commissioned second lieutenant and served as recruiting officer at Fort Warren
, where he was instrumental in organizing the Fifteenth Massachusetts Light Battery.
Although engaged in these warlike preparations, and hastening forward with all speed possible the time of departure for the seat of active war, he yet found time for the gentler arts of peace and the subtle claims of love, and on March 1, 1863, he married Nancy Isabel
, daughter of John Bass
and Nancy B. (Thayer
, who had been one of his pupils in the high school at Braintree
The Fifteenth Battery was soon ordered south, and with them he sailed from Boston
for New Orleans, March 9, on the ship Zouave
, arriving April 9.
On the third of June they were sent to garrison two forts commanding the approaches to New Orleans by land; one on a marshy island, formed by Bayou St. John
, commanding the bayou road to Lake Pontchartrain
, and the other at Gentilly
, on the New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain Railroad, both being situated about five miles from the city and two from the lake.
Officers and men alike suffered much from the ills resulting from the proximity of the swamps, and for some weeks he was in command of both forts, being the only officer not in the hospitals.
But he too succumbed to that scourge of the swamps, chills and fever, and was obliged to spend a few weeks of this first summer in the hospital.
On his recovery he was ordered to duty at the recruiting office in the city and remained at this post till October 21.
He had been promoted to the rank of first lieutenant September