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The Seventh Regiment of RI Volunteers in the Civil War, 1862 - 1865
by William P. Hopkins, Snow & Farmham Printers, Providence, RI, 1903
JAMES CARPENTER. Principal Musician James Carpenter, son of Isaac H. and Abbie Perry Carpenter, was born in Wakefield, R.I., May 13, 1843. In 1861 when Gen. I. P. Rodman recruited Company E of the Second Regiment Rhode Island Volunterrs, and went to camp on Dexter Training Ground, Providence, James accompanied it, expecting to go to the front. His parents withheld their consent, however, so after two weeks of tent life he was obliged to return home, which now was at Peacedale. Though dissappointed he patiently awaited another chance and when Capt. Rowland G. Rodman commenced to recruit what eventually became Company G of the Seventh, young Carpenter and a friend, Frank B. Holland, proved themselved valuable assistants. By day and by night they played upon the fife and drum as required, visiting most sections of Washington County in the search for additional members. James enrolled himself August 8th, and acquitted himself creditably during the entire term of service. He was made principal musician Dec. 15, 1864, when in Fort Hell, but was always recognized as head fifer. After he was mustered out he consecrated his entire life to music. Not only does he give instruction on the piano, the flute, the cornet, and, the violin, but he is a manufacturer of the latter instrument. Though residing at Peacedale, his field of labor is co-extensive with Washington County. He is leader of the Wakefield Band and instructor of the Lafayette Cornet Band.
He married May 13, 1866, Mary E. Hill, by whom he had a son and daughter, John R. and Jennie M., who are likewise skilled in the musical art, and assist their sire in dispensing its knowledge for leagues in every direction.
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THOMAS B. CARR Captain Thomas Brown CARR, eldest son of Greene and Martha T. Carr, was born at Newport, R.I., May 1, 1821. His ancestors on both sides were among the early settlers of that colony, and one of them, Caleb Carr, who died in 1695, was a governor thereof. Thomas was educated in the public schools. At the age of nineteen he joined the Newport Artillery, and performed duty in its ranks during the Dorr War in 1842. He was on its active list a full score of years, holding the position of colonel from 1854 to 1859. He learned the blacksmith's trade of his brother-in-law, and followed it most of his life. During the latter part of 1861 and the commencement of 1862, he was thus employed by Major Hunt of the United States Engineers at Fort Taylor, Key West, Fla. Returning from the field he served the Naval Academy at Neport for some years, and, subsequently, worked at his trade at Fort Adams. Prior to 1884 he was a member of the Newport police for a considerable period. He died March 18, 1897, from cancer at the foot of the tounge. He did not suffer much if at all during the twenty months the disease was known to exist, and death came painlessly. Operative interference was not attempted on account of his age. He left a son, Clarence A Carr, D.M.D., who is engaged in the practice of his profession in Newport. A daughter of mature years, Alice Ward, and an infant son, Perry, preceeded him to the spirit world. Their mother was Anna Elizabeth, only daughter of Perry and Harriet Ward Sherman, who was married to their father April 30, 1849. She passed from earth March 19, 1888. Captain Carr was made a Mason by St. John's Lodge, No. 1, of his native city, Feb. 2, 1863, and a Knight Templar by Washington Commandery in 1870. He united with Slocum Post, No. 10, Grand Army of the Republic, March 12, 1890.
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JAMES D. CASWELL. James Dallas Caswell, son of Gardner T. and Mary E. Haley Caswell, was born in South Kingstown in 1842. He remained on his father's farm until he was fifteen, securing such education as the common schools of that day provided. Then he sought employment in the mills of the Peacedale Manufacturing Company, where the outbreak of the war found him. Upon the evacuation of Fort Sumter he repaired to Washington, where he was employed by the government to care for horses. He was placed in charge of sections of men to unload supplies and horses for arriving troops. For a time after Bull Run he had charge of a bakery in the capital whence the rations of 'soft bread' were issued. In December he returned to his home, but in New York City, May 20, 1862, he married Annie Davidson, a native of Glasgow, Scotland. She died Dec. 31, 1898. When Captain Rodman was wounded at Fredericksburg, at his request, Caswell carried him from the battlefield, but immediately rejoined his company and retired with it. He remained with it until he was wounded, May 12, 1864, at Spotsylvania, Va., whence he was removed to Mt. Pleasant Hosptial, Washington, D.C. It was there he was discharged from the service June 15, 1865. In 1866 he entered into the grocery business in New York City, but soon returned to South Kingstown, where he was employed by the Peacedale Manufacturing Company in its store until March 1, 1869, when he opened a wholesale and retail dry goods and grocery store at Narragansett Pier. He continued this until December, 1895, when he relinquished it for the real estate and insurance business at the same famous resort. For the last five years he has been the local superintendent of the Providence, Fall River, and Newport Steamboat Company.
Mr. Caswell had brothers and sisters as follows, himself being the seventh child: Henry A., Mary S., Abby A., Susan E., John G., George A., and Sarah K.
ALFRED M. CHANNELL. Captain Alfred M. Channell, son of Abraham Fitz John and Jane Taylor Channell, was born in New Hampshire near the Canadian line, March 19, 1829. He had four brothers and one sister, the last dying in infancy. During his youth he attended a military academy in Vermont. Aug. 21, 1861, he was appointed second lieutenant in the Seventh Massachusetts Infantry, but resigned Jan. 17, 1862. By trade he was an iron moulder, and, prior to his enrollment in the Seventh, was employed by the Barstow Stove Company, Providence, R. I. He was mustered as first lieutenant Company G, Sept. 4, 1862, and promoted to be captain of Company D, October 24th. He was dismissed from the service by order of general court-martial Aug. 29, 1864.
A few weeks prior to the collapse of the Rebellion, Mr. Channell went to Camp Nelson, Ky., and purchased from his brother the sutlership of a Kentucky colored regiment. He took up his residence in Cincinnati, O., in 1870, but two years later puchased a farm in Galesburg, Ill., where he died Aug. 19, 1884, of inflammation of the bowels.
Directly after the termination of hostilities, Mr. Channell married in Fredericksbug, Va., a Southern woman, whose given name was Josephine, and whose surname has been reported as Marks. No children were born to them.
CHARLES F. CHASE. Corporal Charles Franklin Chase, son of Carlton and Sarah Ann Fones Chase was born at Centerville, Nov. 6, 1845. Returning home at the close of the war, he devoted four years to farming. On Feb. 10, 1868, he married Lydia Amanda, daughter of John and Harriet Tourgee Dyer. She died Feb. 27, 1873, leaving a daughter, Minnie Belle. Mr. Chase now turned his attention to railroading and resided in Providence and Stonington. He married Feb. 4, 1877, Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of Charles F. and Nancy Brown. He has been a passenger conductor on the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad for more than twenty years, during which period he has resided in Wickford.
JOHN T. H. CHEEVERS. Second Lieutenant John T. H. Cheevers, of Company I, was commissioned March 22, 1863. He never reported to the regiment, but was on special duty on Maj. Gen. Silas Casey's staff. His resignation was accepted Dec. 26, 1863, because of illness.
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George E. CHURCH. Lieutenant-Colonel George Earl Church, son of George Washington and Margaret Fisher Church, was born at New Bedford, Mass., Dec. 7, 1835. His father dying at Mobile, in 1838, his mother removed to Providence, R.I., and sent him to the Arnold Street School. At thirteen years of age he entered the Providence High School and graduated at sixteen. He then commenced the study of civil and topographical engineering, and for a time was engaged in the survey of townships in Massachusetts for the state map, and afterward as assistant engineer upon several railway enterprises in Iowa. Before he was twenty-one he received the appointment of resident engineer of the great Hoosac tunnel in Massachusetts. When the work stopped on account of financial difficulties, he accepted the position of chief assistant engineer on a western railway, but he was invited not long after to go to the Argentine Republic, where he became a member of the scientific commission sent by the government of Buenos Ayres to explore the southwestern frontier of the country and report upon the best system of defense against the fierce inroads of the Patagonians and other savages living upon the pampas and the Andean slopes. For this wild and dangerous expedition, the government detailed a covering force of 400 cavalry. The commission rode over 7,000 miles in nine months and fought two severe battles with the savages, one of which on May 19, 1859, was a midnight attack upon the little force by 1,500 picked warriors of the Huelches, Puelches, Pehunches, Pampas, Araucanians and Patagones. The attack was a surprise; naked and mounted bareback on their splendid horses and with their long lances in line, they poured down upon the expedition in a magnificent charge by moonlight. Then for three hours it was a hand-to-hand fight, where no quarter was given nor asked. The savages finally retired in good order with 3,000 head of cattle and horses as the fruit of their daring raid. On the return of the commission to Buenos Ayres each member presented a plan for the defense of the frontiers; that of Mr. Church was published and adopted by the government.
On hearing of the outbreak of the Rebellion, Mr. Church, who was then engaged as engineer on the construction of the Great Northern Railway of Buenos Ayres, resigned his position, returned home and made application to the Secretary of War, to go before the West Point Examining Board to be examined for a commission as second lieutenant of the United States Engineers. The application being refused as contrary to regulations, he went to Providence and was appointed captain in the Seventh Rhode Island July 26, 1862; lieutenant-colonel Jan. 7, 1863; colonel of the Eleventh Rhode Island (a nine months regiment), Feb. 11, 1863; colonel of the the Second Rhode Island, Dec. 31, 1864, but was never mustered into service as such, for that famous regiment was not recruited up to the strength required before the close of the war. After the death of the lieutenant-colonel and major at Fredericksburg, Captain Church was put in command of the regiment, Colonel Bliss having charge of the brigade. He participated in the defense of Suffolk when besieged by Longstreet, and afterward led the van with a brigade of four regiments, part of a force of 14,000 men, in a successful raid for the tearing up of the Seaboard and Roanoke, and the Norfolk and the Petersburg railways. He then, with his brigade, covered the rear, fighting several skirmishes as the force retired upon Suffolk. During the Gettysburg campaign, in June, 1863, he was placed in command of the fortifications of Williamsburg on the Peninsula, having under him beside his own regiment, the Second Wisconsin Battery, Battery E, of the First Pennsylvania Artillery, and a squadron of the Fifth Pennsylvania Cavalry. Pending the refilling of the Second Rhode Island, Colonel Church accepted the position of chief engineer for the construction of the branch of the Providence, Warren, and Bristol Railroad, to Fall river, which he completed in April, 1865.
About this time the French invasion of Mexico was deeply agitating the American mind. It drew from the pen of Colonel Church 'A Historical Review of Mexico and its Revolutions', which the 'New York Herald' paid him the compliment of publishing entire in sixteen columns of its edition of May 25, 1866. This review was by Mr. Romero, then Mexican Minister at Washington, sent to our state department with the request to archive it as the best outline of Mexican history ever written, and, with the permission of the author, he published it in pamphlet form, and caused a copy to be laid upon the desk of every senator and member of Congress. It has been translated into German and French, and twice into Spanish. One of the results of this publication was that its author went to Mexico to support the Liberal causes under President Juarez, who, shorn of his army, and with the mere shreds of a government, had been driven northward even to within sight of the frontier of the United States. Colonel Church, accompanied by General Lew Wallace, rode 900 miles from Matamoras to Chihuahua via Monterey, Saltillo, and Parras, running the gauntlet of imperial raiding parties, bandits, and, an incursion of Apaches from New Mexico. The latter killed 126 Mexicans in three days along the route taken by our adventurous travelers, and, finally drove them to take refuge for one night in a loopholed mescal building. Safely reaching his destination Oct. 21, 1866, he found President Juarez and his cabinet and about 1,200 disorganized troops. Their artillery consisted of two small howitzers, differing in calibre. For lack of iron they were casting copper balls for them. He remained seven months with them, during which time he was quartered with General Ygnacio Mejia, Minister of War. He shared their privations, their defeats, their long marches, and their successes, until the capture of Maximilian at Queretero. The campaign which hemmed in the ill-fated emperor and resulted in his capture was planned by Colonel Church at Du Rango, and, within an hour after it had been presented to the Minister of War, it had been discussed at the cabinet meeting and orders hurried off to the several forces in the field to carry it into execution. Two days before the storming of Zacatecas (Jan. 27, 1867), the Imperialist General Miramon sent word to Colonel Church that he would shoot him in the Plaza if he caught him. On the morning of the assault of that ablest of Imperial generals, he was nearly captured for having given his own fast horse to President Juarez; he was the last to dash clear of the Plaza under a shower of bullets from a battalion of French Zouaves, while only 300 yards distant down the Bufa mountain road came Miramon thundering along at the head of 700 cavalry. The race was for life, especially through the streets encumbered with the debris of the Liberal army, but across the country south of the city, himself described his ride as 'a grand steeplechase for forty-two miles, in which he constantly gained ground until Miramon gave up the pursuit and returned to Zacatecas'. Three days later the Liberals took it. San Louis Potosi struck off five medals to commemorate the recapture of that important city, one in gold for President Juraez, a silver one for each of the cabinet ministers, and a silver one for Colonel Church, which was presented to him with considerable ceremony. During his stay in that country he wrote some forty-nine letters to the 'New York Herald' detailing his experiences and describing the varying fortunes of the Liberal cause from the day of his arrival to the surrender of Maximilian. When that occurred, Colonel Church rode 600 miles in six days to the Rio Grande frontier and hastened thence to Washington to induce, if possible, our Government to use its influence to save the life of Maximilian; but his efforts were fruitless. Mr. Seward, who had been advised of his purpose, denied him an interview.
Colonel Church now accepted employment on the editorial staff of the 'New York Herald', where he remained for more than a year, but while thus engaged, the Bolivian Government sent General Quintin Quevedo, a prominent member of its diplomatic corps, to invite him to undertake the long-cherished, national project to open to navigation the 3,000 miles of Bolivian tributaries of the Amazon. These are separated from the navigable waters of the lower River Madeira by about 300 miles of formidable cataracts and rapids, principally in the territory of Brazil. He accepted the invitation, but proceeded to Bolivia via Buenos Ayres, opposite which city, on the Rio de la Plata, he selected and prepared a proper site for a marine slip for an American company. Then with one servant he rode overland 2,000 miles to La Paz the capital of Bolivia, where the required concesion for the navigation of the Bolivian waters was secured. He then returned to New York via Panama, but soon after his arrival at the request of the Bolivian government, he returned to La Paz, whence he repaired to Rio de Janeiro via the Straits of Magellan to obtain the right to construct a railway to avoid the falls of the River Madeira, which that government had failed to negotiate, as it had agreed. The desired concession from Brazil was granted to Colonel Church with but little delay. He went at once to New York and organized the National Bolivian Navigation Company in June, 1870, under a charter from the United States government and became its president. Next, in London he organized the Madeira and Mamore Railway Company under his Brazilian concession of which himself was chairman. He then raised over $6,000,000 cash to carry out the two enterprises and contracted for the railway works with a powerful English Company. Again he went to Bolivia, via Peru, and the Tacora pass of the Andes, reached the southern capital, Suere, via Oruro, went to Cochabamba and Santa Cruz de la Sierra, a town at the headwaters of a tributary of the Amazon, organized a canoe expedition of eighty-three Indians and a few white men, and descended the River Piray, the Mamore and the falls of the Madeira. At the last fall, San Antonio, he was met by a small exploring steamer which he caused to be taken up the cataracts, she being hauled three miles overland en route. At the fall of Pedermeira he saved the lives of sixteen Indians who were clinging to a wrecked canoe in midriver, while at another rapid his own canoe was wrecked, and again at the 'Cauldron of Hell', he nearly lost his entire expedition. He returned to Europe via the River Madeira and the Amazon. The magnitude and the promise of this project evoked the bitter jealousy and opposition of the merchants of the Pacific coast, who held a commercial monopoly of the district it was proposed to open by the new route. It was suddenly discovered that an American company held in hand an enterprise which promised to penetrate South America through its centre, turn its commerce from the old forced channels into natural ones and powerfully affect the political and intertrade relations of several of the Spanish-American states. The fierce jealousies combined on all sides. The English Construction Company threw up its contract and joined the bondholders in an attack upon the railway trust fund, which they tied up by the injuction in the Court of Chancery. The Bolivian government then entered the lists and tried to seize the fund. Colonel Church fought these heavy odds as long as there was an inch of ground left to stand on and gained suit after suit from 1873 to 1878. The bondholders' committee then bribed the Bolivian President, Daza, with L20,000 to take sides with them, and instituted a new suit with the Bolivan concession revoked. Even this new suit Colonel Church gained in the Court of the First Instance. The House of Lords finally settled the question by declaring the enterprise impracticable, although the Brazilian government, which, throughout, had given its unwavering support to the colonel, had months before, at his request, issued a decree offering to supplement the existing fund with all the money necessary to complete the railway work. At the time the enterprise was broken up, there were 1,200 men at work on the railroad, and a locomotive was running on the first section.
A few months after the wreck of this, his great undertaking, which unquestionably would have accomplished all its detractors alleged against it, but for the proverbial Spanish treachery exhibited by the official heretofore referred to, and which still inevitably be accomplished in a few years at most, for pigmies cannot forever block the inexorable progress of commerce, we find Colonel Church en route from Washington to Quito under instructions from Secretary James G. Blaine to make a report to the United States government upon the political, social, commercial, and general condition of Ecuador. He was also in in that voyage, entrusted by the English holders of that peoople's bonds with full power to negotiate the re-adjustment of their national debt. He proceeded to Guayaquil via Panama, crossed the Chimborazo pass of the Andes, remained at Quito three months, rode north as far as the frontier of Colombia, and afterward went to Lima, where he tarried for a time to write his report which is entitled 'Ecuador in 1881'. This was published (Ex. Doc. No. 69 of forty-seventh Congress), as a special message of President Arthur to Congress. The extensive data it contains is widely and often quoted. Colonel Church then went to Chili and via the Straights of Magellan, to Uruguay and the Argentine Republic, and thence to Brazil, returning to the United States by way of England. Later in London, he engaged in financial operations of considerable magnitude connected with public works, and in 1889 contracted to build a railway in the Argentine Republic for one million sterling. This he completed in two years, in the midst of the Baring crisis which ruined so many contractors for public works in South America. In 1895 he spent three months in Costa Rica in behalf of the foreign bondholders of that country, and also during his stay there made an elaborate report to the Costa Rica Railway Company upon the condition of its line.
Although still engaged in the construction of railways in the Argentine Republic, Colonel Church devotes much time to literary pursuits. He is a member of several scientific and learned societies, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, and has been a member of the Council of the Royal Geographical Society for four years, being the first foreigner, not an English citizen ever admitted to that honor. In 1891 he represented the former Society at the International Congress of Hygiene and Demography, held in London, and, in 1898, at the Bristol meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, he, as president of the Geographical Section, read a paper on 'Argentine Geography, and the Ancient Pampean Sea', which attracted great attention, and was pronounced by 'The Times' 'one of the most scientific papers ever read before that Section.' Numerous and extensive articles have appeared in the 'Geographic Journal' from his pen, and, reently, one of the its monthly numbers have almost entirely occupied by his 'Outline of the Physical Geography of South America'. To his fine library of books in several foreign languages with which he is familiar he devotes all his spare time, for he is still a close student of history, geography, and travel, but to fill in the details of his life would require a large volume. Extensive travels in Europe, and in most parts of our own continent and among the North and South American Indians, as well as numerous exciting adventures where the stake was life, have partially toned down the almost tireless physical forces of this representative of an old Pilgrim family.
Colonel Church married in 1882, Alice Helena Cartner, nee Church, a very distant relative, who died without issue in November, 1898.
About the middle of October and after a portion of this volume had been printed Colonel Church spent a few hours in Providence, consulting the John Carter Brown Library of American History. He was direct from the Dominion, where he had completed the negotiations preliminary to the full construction of the Canadian Trans-Continental Railroad and had inspected its first section. This is to connect Port Simpson on the Pacific coast with Quebec, and will not only be 350 miles shorter than the Canadian Pacific Railroad, but will cross the Rockies at 2,500 feet less elevation. It unquestionably will prove his masterpiece. The full page portrait is from a photograph taken in Boston the day before he visited these Plantations. He is at present vice-president of the Royal Geographic Society of England.
STEPHEN A. CLARK. Stephen Albert Clark, son of Hazard B. and Elizabeth Wilbur Clark, was born in Richmond, R.I., April 11, 1834. He had five brothers and four sisters, of whom survive only Moses Clark, of Company C, a resident of North Centerville, R.I., Mary Ann Reynolds, of Wyoming, and Mrs. Burrill W. Andrews, of Hope Valley. Albert was a cotton carder by occupation, and resided during the eleven years prior to his enlistment at Rockville, R.I. He was married Nov. 5, 1858, to Hannah A Wright, who now resides with her youngest son, Charles H. Clark, at Old Mystic, Conn. The others are Stephen A. Clark, of Central Village, and Edgar Clark, of Glasgow, all in the same state. Just before the Battle of Pegram House, Sept. 30, 1864, while the men were waiting the opening of the fray, louging carelessly around, Albert called out to three comrades: 'Let us have a game of Old Farmer's Lein!' In less than an hour he was killed. His brother, Moses, says: 'A flying bullet broke Stephen's arm, and, in about five minutes, another bullet went through his heart, when he fell out of my arms dead.' He was buried on the spot, but three or four days later his body was removed to a burial lot whither the remains of many others were brought and interred. His family has erected a memorial stone in Wood River Cemetery, R.I., but his ashes still rest in Virginia.
JONATHAN R. CLARKE. Jonathan Reynolds Clarke was born in South Kingstown, R.I., Feb. 26, 1830. He was the third in a family of eight children, and was brought up on a farm. He continued to follow a farmer's life until he enlisted in the Seventh. At that time he had been married about five years and was the father of twin boys, aged three years. He was killed at Jackson, Miss., July 13, 1863.
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DARIUS I. COLE. Second Lieutenant Darius Irving Cole, son of Remember and Eliza Nelson Cole, was born in Taunton, Mass., March 8, 1838. His father died when he was five years old, but he attended school until he was sixteen; then he was apprenticed to the silversmith's trade. When his time was completed he secured a position on the Providence and Stonington Railroad which he held two years. Having been seized with the western fever, he enlisted in Company G, Tenth Regiment United States Infantry, in April, 1857, and was sent to Utah. He was present at the Mountain Meadow Massacre in the 'Valley Sun' of Salt Lake City, Feb. 28, 1860. The last three years that he was a 'regular' were spent at Fort Bridges where his spare time, of which there was much, was devoted to the study of mechanical engineering, which he proposed to make his life work. In the fall of 1861 the troops were ordered east, and, when his term of enlistment expired in April, 1862, he enlisted in Company B of the Seventh, general business being quite dull. He was at once made first sergeant, and July 1, 1863, second lieutenant. As the adjutant was taken prisoner but twelve days later, Lieutenant Cole was frequently called upon to perform his duties, and was, in fact, in their discharge when mortally wounded May 13, 1864, at Spottsylvania. His remains were interred in the Fredericksburg National Cemetery. He left a widow who subsequently moved to New Haven, Conn., where she remarried, and his mother, who died in 1878. Her home at the time he enlisted was in Attleboro, Mass.; her birthplace, Lynn, N.H. His father was a native of Rehoboth, Mass.
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EDWARD C. COLE. Sergeant Edward Curtis Cole was born in Warren, R.I., March 21, 1832. The family came from Wales and was prominent in that town for several generations. His grandfather and great-grandfather kept Cole's Hotel there for many years. It was widely and favorably known. He learned the moulder's trade at Barstow's Stove Foundry at Providence. As a soldier he was always at the post of duty, and, though not physically strong, faithfully served to the end. He was a member of Prescott Post, No. 1, Grand Army of the Republic. He died of consumption March 5, 1884, leaving a widow nee Lillis C. Burt.
GIDEON F. COLLINS. Gideon Franklin Collins, son of Welcome and Sallie Collins, was born in Greenfield, Pa., Oct. 19, 1837, but his boyhood was spent in Hopkinton, R.I. In early life he became an active church member, and lived a consistent life, as his many friends have testified. On a certain day at Camp Bliss he had a fainting fit after which he never was entirely well. His appearance was different, and though he performed all his duties and seemed quite well at times, those periods were brief. Finally, he was obliged to go to the hospital, and it soon became evident he had typhoid fever. Up to within a few days of his death the doctor gave hope of recovery, but it was evident his strength was failing fast. None could be more patient than he. The night before he died he told one of the female nurses that he felt a great change coming over him, yet he remained perfectly composed and happy. He died at Pleasant Valley, Md., Oct. 19, 1862, on his twenty-fifth birthday. He left a widow and one child.
CHARLES F. COLVIN. Sergeant Charles Frank Colvin was born in South Scituate, R.I., April 4, 1836. He lived and worked on his grandfather's farm until he was married Feb. 29, 1860, to Maria Handy, by whom he had five children. From that day he worked out as a common laborer. He was promoted to sergeant from the ranks June 1, 1863. June 7, 1864, he was detailed as sergeant of the prioneers, relieving Sergeant Follensbee. He died Nov. 19, 1879, from paralysis, being stricken while about his regular business.
WILLIAM A. COMAN. William Arnold Coman, son of William and Pulcharia Savalla Steere Coman, was born Jan. 4, 1836, in Glocester, R.I. He was the sixth of eight children, all of whom are now dead. William was a farmer by occupation and resided in his native town most of the time previous to his enlistment. Oct. 17, 1856, he married Frances Adelaide Douglas, a native of Thompson, Windham County, Conn. They had four children: Arthur Clinton, who died in babyhood, George Everett, Estella Maria, who died in her twenty-eighth year, and William Elmer. The two survivors are druggists. William Arnold was a wagoner until a few days before the battle of Fredericksburg. Just prior to that engagement he wrote his wife the roads were so bad he was tired of the team, that he would not be in more danger in the ranks, and that he should try to get returned to his company. That was the last she heard from him. After the battle his captain wrote her that he was missing. She never ascertained the particulars of his death. He was mortally wounded and evidently survived but a short time. His widow desires to learn if anyone saw him after he was wounded.
GEORGE W. CONGDON. Sergeant George Washington Congdon, son of Oliver C. and Sebre Luther Congdon, was born May 17, 1841, in that part of Seekonk, Mass., that subsequently was taken into Rhode Island as East Providence. When sufficiently grown he went to the farm of an uncle, Stephen L. Luther, in Warwick, R.I., where he worked summers and attended school winters, though at times he worked in a cotton mill. When eighteen he went to learn the jeweler's trade at 'Hood's' in Pawtucket. Soon after he united with the Baptist Church there. After his enlistment and about two weeks prior to the departure of the regiment from the State, he married Hannah Flint, of Windham, Conn. On the morning of June 3, 1864, at Bethesda Church or Cold Harbor, he, as well as several others, carelessly exposed themselves, though greater caution had been suggested to them as the rebels seemed to be able to reach one from some point even though nearly behind a tree. The contest was hot and at close quarters. Most of the men preferred lying down, which proved to be the safest position. The regiment had made an advance tantamount to a charge early that morning, and, at this point, had been checked in its progress. About eight or nine o'clock a bullet penetrated his forehead and he fell insensible. He breathed but a few times afterward. He left a brother, Andrw (sic) J., of Pawtucket, and sisters, Lucy A., who resides near Chepachet; Zylphia Olney of that village, and Sebe E. Potter, of Woonsocket. His widow some ten years later married Edward Shumway in her early home, but both are now deceased, having left two or three children.
AMASA N. CORBIN. Amasa N. Corbin was a disheartened man at Fredericksburg, Va., December, 1862. He died there December 24th, and was buried beside a number of the Seventh. He was the father of William Corbin (spelled Cobbin), the boy who on the battlefield loaded and fired until his ammunition was expended and then secured an additional supply from the dead and seriously wounded, firing from where he loaded. Others loaded their muskets at the rear and then advanced to the front to fire, thus avoiding injury to anyone before them.
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CHARLES G. COREY. Assisant Surgeon Charles Granderson Corey, fifth son of David and Betsey Winship Corey, was born in Jaffrey, N.H., Aug. 28, 1826. His boyhood was spent on the home farm attending the common schools and academy of his native town. Subsequently, he pursued preparatory studies at several schools in the state, finally attending medical lectures at Bowdoin and at Dartmouth, from the latter of which he was graduated in 1857. He then established himself in the practice of his profession at South Royalston, Mass. When it had become evident there was quite a war on our hands, he applied at Boston for assignment to a position with some organization of the volunteer force. After passing a successful examination there, he was recommended to the Seventh Rhode Island and was mustered April 29, 1863. He was with the regiment save when on detached duty March 11-April 24, 1865. June 6, 1865, he was transferred to the Battalion Seventh Rhode Island Volunteers, and was mustered out with them July 13th.
He returned home sick, and, for a long time, was unable to resume professional labor. Finally, he located in Greenville, R.I., where he died Oct. 19, 1878, from the effects of his army service. At that time he was acting superintendent of the public schools in that place.
March 10, 1856, he married Susan Maria Mitchell, of Fitchburg, Mass., who, with a daughter survived him.
GEORGE B. COSTELLO. First Lieutenant George B. Costello, son of Thomas and Mary Ann Chatterton Costello, was born in Sheffield, England, about 1840. His father having deceased he immigrated to Providence, R.I., in 1845, where he attended the public schools, and, when of suitable age, learned file cutting of the Chatterton File Company on Randall Street. Sept. 10, 1861, he enlisted in Company C of the Fourth Rhode Island Volunteers, was mustered in October 30th, promoted corporal November 13th, sergeant Jan. 1, 1863, and first sergeant February 1st. Jan. 5, 1864, he re-enlisted as a veterean volunteer, was wounded July 30th before Petersburg, Va., and sent to the hospital at Portsmouth Grove, R.I. When the bulk of that regiment returned home October 3d he was transferred to Company B, detachment of the Fourth Rhode Island Volunteers, in which he was appointed second lieutenant December 23d and mustered as such Jan. 1, 1865 (New Organization), by order dated Oct. 21, 1864, and slightly wounded in face and arm March 20th. April 2d he received the rank of brevet captain for gallant and meritorious conduct before Petersburg, in that he volunteered, though an officer, to carry ammunition to an exposed wing after a number of men had been shot down, saying, many a better man than he had fallen that day. June 21st he was mustered in as first lieutenant Company D, and, July 13th, mustered out at the final dissolution of the volunteer army. The war left him a physical wreck through malaria. Though occasionally he worked at his trade and even sought employment in the milder climate of Washington, the congestive chills that followed him with more or less persistency after quitting the service so undermined his constitution that hemorrhages ensued and consumption claimed him as its victim July 21, 1868.
On April 10, 1862, he married Anna Delphina, daughter of Thomas Roberts and Mary Ann Hutchins Emerson, of Washington, D. C., who survived him with a daughter three months old that died the ensuing year, and a son, aged five years, who but recently followed his father to the spirit world, leaving two sturdy lads to perpetuate the patriotic services of their grandsire. His remains were interred in North Burial Ground.
GEORGE A. DANFORTH. Sergeant George A. Danforth, son of George and Rebecca B. Danforth, was born at Providence, R. I., Jan. 7, 1834. He attended the public schools until he was fourteen when he obtained employment in the wholesale grocery store of Parley Mathewson & Co., on Canal Street. After a few years he changed to the store of Young & Lyon, Market Square, where he remained until he enlisted. He served with the regiment until its final muster out, when he entered into the grocery business for himself on Atwells Avenue in his native city. He died at his mother's residence on Pond Street Jan. 6, 1869, after a week's illness of erysipelas which attacked his face and head. He never married.
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PERCY DANIELS Lieutenant-Colonel Percy Daniels, second son of Judge David and Nancy Ballou Daniels, was born in Woonsocket, R.I., Sept. 17, 1840. Left an orphan at six years of age he received the training of the common schools of his native town, but supplemented them with courses at the Westminster Seminary in Vermont and the University Grammar School in Providence, preparatory to the profession of civil engineering to which he has devoted much of his life. When the Rebellion broke out he desired to enlist at once, but health forbade, and, consequently, the winter of 1861-2 was spent in the pineries of Michigan. Returning East in May, he enlisted in the Seventh, and at once opened a recruiting office at Woonsocket. A second lieutenant's commission was given him July 26th, and a first lieutenant's September 4th, upon which he was mustered into service. January, 1863, found him in command of Company E., which he was largely instrumental in raising, and, March 1st, he was promoted to be its captain. June 29, 1864, he was commissioned lieutenant-colonel of the regiment, but the records of the War Department as certified to by Fred. C. Ainsworth, the chief of the Record and Pension Office, Dec. 2, 1895, show that he was 'in command of the regiment from May 18, 1864.' The fact is, that when captain, he was twice assigned to the command of the regiment over his seniors. The first order was issued by the division commander immediately after the Second Spottsylvania, while the second came from brigade headquarters with the knowledge and approval of the higher authority reiterating it, but rendering it more specific by saying: 'In the absence of the Colonel Commanding.' He retained that authority until the regiment was mustered out. He was brevetted colonel to date from July 30, 1864. Colonel Daniels was present and on duty at every engagement in which the regiment participated. To secure this record on two occasions, he pocketed a leave of absence that had just been transmitted to him. The first he received July 4, 1863, just as the rebel flags came down in Vicksburg, but because of the Jackson campaign he forebore to avail himself thereof until the regiment had reached Cincinnati on its way back to Kentucky. On the way up the Mississippi River, he was the only officer present and fit for duty, except Capt. Edward T. Allen and the surgeons. Again, Oct. 7, 1864, he received a ten days' leave, but he tarried to take part in a little demonstration in the direction of Hatcher's Run, where, as he was superintending the slashing of timber in front of Twitchell's (rebel) battery, he had a horse shot under him and a bullet alike through hat and blouse. In passing it may be remarked that on two other occasions he had horses shot under him, and repeatedly his clothes were pierced and cut by the missiles of the enemy.
For two winters immediately after the war, Colonel Daniels spent his
time on railroad work and prospecting in Kentucky and Tennessee.
Just before starting General Burnside sent him a note from which the following
is an extract: 'I desire before parting with you to express to you
my sincere thanks for the generous, loyal, efficient and gallant service
you have always rendered me during our long services together. I
know of no one who deserves better of his country than you. You will
carry with you my sincere prayer for your health, happiness, and prosperity.
I am sure that the same energy, talent, loyalty, and gentlemanly deportment
that have made you one of our best officers will make you a useful citizen
and a kind friend to the
community in which you may settle.' Dissatisfied with the Southern outlook, he visited Kansas, and decided to made his home in that state. In June, 1867, he married Eliza Ann, daughter of Leonard and Isabel Newton Eddy, of Leicester, Mass., with whom he migrated to a home of his own making, near the old town of Crawfordsville and four miles northwest of the present city of Girard. Here he opened a country store and thus supported himself, while breaking and improving the farm on which he resides. This he has syled in remembrance of early associations Narragansett Farm. After a time he relinquished the store and devoted himself largely to surveying, until 1872, when he accepted a position in the city engineering department of Worcester, Mass., remaining there five years and being promoted, meanwhile, to the office of city engineer. In reference to his work there, which involved some of the most important questions of municipal growth and improvement, the 'Worcester Spy' in closing an editorial review of his report for the year just ended, on Jan. 30, 1878, said: 'The report to which these remarks refer is, of course, that of the retiring engineer, Gen. Percy Daniels, whose sagacity and good judgment, as well as his professional accomplishments, have been of great use to the city.'
From 1879 to 1881 Colonel Daniels tarried in Providence, R.I., while settling a brother's estatee, engaged, meanwhile, in his favorite occupation, civil engineering. In the spring of the latter year he returned to his farm in Kansas, where he has since resided, though, meanwhile, he has spent two years in railroad work and five years as country surveyor of Crawford County. In 1888 he became interested in politics, and, in January, 1890, he purchased the 'Girard Herald' 'to convince the voters of Crawford Country of the reasonableness of his demands' upon 'the Republican party to abandon its hypocritical position on the tariff and taxation questions, and keep their early promise, and to make an honest effort to destroy the trusts,' and especially of the necessity for the graduated estate tax or some similar expedent'. In October, 1891, the specific proposition was adopted and endorsed by the People's Party County Convention, as it had been by the County Alliance. So the next week he sold his paper, since which time he has had no other business but his farm, though he has taken an active part in forwarding the interests of the 'reform movement' since he joined it in 1889. He was delegate to the State Alliance in October, 1889, to the St. Louis Convention in December, 1889, to the Cherryvale Convention for the nomination of Congressman, and to the Omaha Convention that nominated General Weaver for president. June 17, 1892, he was, in his absence, nominated by the People's Party as its candidate for lieutenant-governor, to which position he was duly elected for a term of two years. So well did he fulfill the duties of his position that all the senators united in resolutions of commendation for the able and impartial manner in which he had presided over that body, though the spirit of partisanship at that time was very intense.
The qualificiations of Colonel Daniels for high military command have not been overlooked by his adopted state. He was commissioned by Governor Osborne brigadier-general of the Third Brigade, Kansas Militia, for 1873 and 1874, and major-general of the Division of the Kansas National Guard, by Governor Lewelling, for 1893 and 1894; but was not relieved until Feb. 22, 1895. While holding this position the great stike among the coal miners of Southeastern Kansas occurred, resulting in a serious disturbance and some bloodshed. The occasion had become very critical, and there were occasional skirmishes between the sheriff's posse and the rioters. The governor directed him to visit the scene of trouble, investigate, and report. He went and held a long interview with the strike leaders in which they were informed the laws must be respected. He then reported at Topeka concerning the situation, and recommended 'that the authority and the forces, if necessary, of the state be used for protecting property and preventing a conflict.' A meeting of state officers was held that evening to consider the report. There was a disagreement, and the result was that about one A.M. the Governor turned to him (remember he was also lieutenant-governor) and said: 'General Daniels, I am going home and going to bed, and turn the whole matter over to you to do as you think best.' Now the general had remarked in a campaign speech: 'The prime object of laws is the assurance of the individual rights and the protection of life and property; and it is not only expedient, but it is essential for the good of all classes that they be enforced against all classes alike. And the honest official, not the one whose honesty hangs either by the cord of popular clamor or the bond of potent influence, but such as are guided by that kind of honesty which is an integrity of purpose, however much their duties may be repugnant to their preferences, contrary to their wishes or hostile to their sympathies, will enforce the laws they are sworn to defend and uphold, or step aside and leave an unpleasant duty to those who would be required to fill their places.' He could not do otherwise than immediately order the adjutant-general to assemble eleven companies of the National Guard at their armories with three days' rations. Most of them were ready to move at daylight. The consequence was the strike was settled within twenty-four hours without more trouble. At the end of the year General Daniels's report to the executive included a statement concerning the strike, and documents referring thereto. This was published in full at the time in the daily papers, but when the state documents were printed two years later that portion of the report referring to the importance and the necessity of an impartial enforcement of the laws had been striken out.
For a time Colonel Daniels was a member of George H. Ward Post, Grand Army of the Republic, of Worcester, Mass., also of Morning Star Lodge, A. F. and A. M., of Woonsocket, R.I. More recently he was a charter member of the 'blue lodge' in Girard, Kan., but is not at present connected with any order. He has three sons, Frederick Percy, Walter Horton, and Earle Newton; also a daughter Elizabeth Buttrick, now Mrs. William P. Olin. All of these have attained their majority. He has one grandson, Frederick Harmon Daniels.
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VARNUM H. DAWLEY. Varnum Hoxie Dawley, son of Thomas Hopkins and Mary Nye Dawley, was born in Exeter, R.I., Jan. 27, 1844. He had three brothers and two sisters. When the organization of the Seventh was undertaken, he was employed on a farm in North Providence. Early one August morning he ceased work, went to his father in Exeter and obtained a permit to enlist which he utilized at Wickford, Aug. 9, 1862, and reached Camp Bliss next day. He was never wounded, never secured a furlough, nor was absent from the regiment except when on detached duty at the ordnance department at Camp Nelson, Ky., from December, 1863, to March, 1864. Mr. Dawley married April 1, 1866, Hannah Elizabeth, daughter of Amos and Hannah Mumford Sherman Palmer. They had two sons and one daughter, Jennie Elizabeth, who alone survives. In 1875 he accepted the position of section foreman at East Greenwich, R.I., for the New York, Providence, and Boston Railroad Company, which he retained until January, 1892, when he became ill from rheumatic fever which disabled him for several months. In June he entered the wholesale store of George M. Griffin & Co., Providence, where he is at present employed.
ARTHUR W. DEANE. Orderly Sergeant Arthur Wellington Deane, eldest among three brothers and three sisters, was born in Sutton, Mass., Dec. 15, 1838. His ancestors for a number of generations had resided in that vicinity. Three or four years after his birth, however, the family moved to Phenix, R.I. When the Rebellion broke out, young Deane was driving a baker's cart in Providence. He sought to enlist a number of times, but for some reasons which he never understood he was considered unacceptable. His opportunity came at length, however, and by long and faithful service he attained the position of first sergeant, which he held when the regiment was mustered out. He then engaged in the grocery business at South Hadley, Mass., for seven years. Next he went to Attawaugan, Conn., where he resided until 1890, when he once again took up his residence in Phenix, and has there conducted a successful shoe business unto this day.
FULLER DINGLEY. Second Lieutenant Fuller Dingley, son of Parker and Ruth Bates Dingley, was born in Bowdoinham, Me., Sept. 9, 1831. His father died when he was about eight years of age. His education was obtained at the schools of his native town and at Litchfield Academy. When eighteen he went to Gardiner, Me., and learned the carpenter's trade. He continued to reside there until 1853 or 1854, when, with a number of friends, he went to Newport, R.I., as the demand for his craftsmen there was great, building for summer visitors having just been inaugurated. Sept. 9, 1857, he married Mary Jane Southwick, of that city. Upon enlistment he was made fifth sergeant in Company I, and, while serving as such, was wounded in the right arm at Fredericksburg, December 13th. May 1, 1863, he was promoted to be second lieutenant of Company D. July 13th at Jackson, Miss., he was captured with Adjutant Sullivan and kept in durance vile until November, 1864. Eleven months of that time were spent in Libby Prison, Richmond, Va. December 31st he was granted sick leave, and, March 23, 1865, honorably discharged because of physical disability. He now returned to Gardiner, Me., and engaged in the hardware and coal business with his brother James Bates Dingley, who, at a later date, was four years mayor of that city. He continued therein until death, Nov. 18, 1897, participating, meanwhile, many years in the city governement. His widow, a son, Fred Bates Dingley, and a daughter, Mrs. Charles F. Swift, survive him.
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GEORGE N. DURFEE. Captain George Nightingale Durfee, son of Nathaniel B. and Harriet M. Green Durfee, was born at Tiverton, R. I., Dec. 16, 1843. His father represented the eastern district of Rhode Island in Congress from 1854 to 1858. The lad attended school in his native town and a business college in Providence that well-nigh fitted him for the University, but an opportunity presented itself to enter the Union Bank of Fall River, Mass., as teller, of which he availed himself. In 1862 his brother-in-law, Capt.R. G. Rodman, induced him to join the Seventh as first lieutenant. At that time he was orderly sergeant and drillmaster of the only military company in Fall River, the Zouave Cadets. He served with Company G at Camp Bliss, but when the commissions were issued he found himself captain of Company K, the duties of which position he discharged until March 20, 1863, when he resigned and returned home.
April 18, 1866, Captain Durfee married Julia W., daughter of Carder Hazard, of South Kingstown, R.I., by whom he had five boys, George Nightingale Jr., Charles Hazard, Nathaniel Briggs, Julian Huntington, and Edgar Greene. He was town clerk of Tiverton eleven years and a member of the Rhode Island legislature three years. In 1882 he removed to Fall River, Mass., and successfully entered into business as a banker and broker.
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GILBERT DURFEE. Gilbert Durfee, son of Sabin and Ruth Sprague Durfee, was born in Glocester, in 1836. He received a common school education and became a farmer, being thus employed at the time of his enlistment. Quite early in the day at the Pegram house, Va., he was hit by a bullet, but refused to leave the field. Considerably later he was struck by a second missile which inflicted mortal injuries. He survived but a few hours. He was of a retiring disposition and formed no intimacies with his associates. His parents survived him nearly a quarter of a century. A sister, Phebe Smith, afterward the wife of Hiram Tucker, but since widowed, resides in Greenville. Mrs. Samuel W. Bennett a half sister, being a daughter of Mrs. Durfee by a former marriage, for long years a resident of Providence, took up her abode with Mrs. Tucker soon after her husband's demise in July, 1902.
WILLIAM J. EAGAN. William John Eagan, son of James and Mary Eagan, was born at Albany, N.Y., June 30, 1844. He was living at Thompson, Conn., at the time of his enlistment. He married Katherine Keating, Oct. 28, 1874. They have one daughter. He has resided at No. 10 Minot Place, Neponset, Mass., for sixteen years.
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ALBERT C. EDDY. Colonel Albert C. Eddy, son of Ezra and Sally Eddy, was born in Providence about 1825. In his early days he was employed by the father of ex-Governor Bourn in rubber shoe manufacturing. As a young man he took great interest in the militia and in the volunteer fire department. He was a member of the old Water Witch, No. 6, and of the First Light Infantry Company, Capt. William W. Brown. The highest rank he attained in this, but which he held for years, was orderly sergeant. Before he was twenty-one he went to Philadelphia where he entered a large shoe house, remaining in its employ a number of years. Very soon he there married Emily Greene, a Rhode Island girl. He still maintained his interest in the militia and in the fire department, being active in both. He secured his highest military title through appoinment to the staff of a governor of Pennsylvania.
Returning to Providence, prior to 1850, he became a traveler for the Providence Rubber Company, the predecessor of the National Rubber Company of Bristol. The firm was then composed of Governor Bourn's father and Col. William W. Brown, and afterward included one Chaffee, an inventor of rubber working machinery, the firm name being Bourn, Brown, & Chaffee. It was located in the building now standing at the corner of Dyer and Clifford Streets. In 1857 with a man named Garfield, he started the first rubber store in that city at No. 15 Westminster Street, in the building then standing on the present site of the Rhode Island Hospital Trust Company. It was called the Providence Rubber Store, which name is still retained by his successors, for the store has never been closed. In 1866 the senior member of the firm retired and Col. J. M. Studley, with his brother, Thomas E., entered, the firm name becoming Eddy & Studleys. The store was then moved a few doors up the street, and is now at 33 Westminster Street. Colonel Eddy retired about 1888.
Colonel Eddy was a staunch Sprague man in the contest with Padelford in 1860, hence his store was much frequented by the supporters of the former. Thus he became an active power in politics, though he held no political office. He went to the front as ensign in Company C, First Rhode Island Detached Militia, and after his return was efficient in organizing others, having charge of a number of the camps established at different times within the State. He was a member of St. John's Commandery, No. 1, Knights Templar, of Providence. After retiring from business Colonel Eddy remained in that city and in Bristol until after the death of his wife. Then as his sons, George O. and Henry C., had settled, the one in Minneapolis and the other in Chicago, he went to the latter city and made him home with Henry. He died there April 5, 1900, in the seventy-sixth year of his age.
JOHN H. EDDY. John H. Eddy, son of Nelson N. and Phebe Sunmore Eddy, was born in East Glocester, R.I., Feb. 14, 1840. He had a brother and two sisters, one of whom, Mrs. Joseph H. Irons, resides in Pascoag, R.I. His occupation was farming. Aug. 17, 1862, he married Abby A. Sanders. Three sons and two daughters were born unto them. He was wounded slightly at Fredericksburg and again severely at Petersburg, Va., July 1, 1864, necessitating the amputation of a leg. He was discharged Feb. 1, 1865, and died Nov. 27, 1875. His widow and son reside in Chepachet, R.I.
SAMUEL FARNUM. Sergeant Samuel Farnum, son of Jonathan and Minerva Buxton Farnum (worthy Quakers), was born in Uxbridge, Mass., Jan. 1, 1840. He prepared for college at the Friends School, Providence, R.I., and entered Haverford College, Pa., in 1860. At the beginning of his junior year, however, like Nathaniel Greene, he felt it to be his duty to take up arms in defence of his country, and, accordingly, enlisted in Company K of this regiment. Dec. 22, 1863, he was honorably discharged to accept a captain's commission in Company I of the Fourteenth Rhode Island Heavy Artillery (Colored). He was stationed at Camp Parapet, Carrolton, now a portion of New Orleans, La. There he was frequently in command of his battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Viall having charge of the district and post. Besides he was often called on to act as president or judge advocate of the general and field court-martial. After that regiment had been mustered out Oct. 2, 1865, he started for the North on the ill-fated steamer 'Atlanta', which was lost in a storm October 15th, whereby he and many others met their death by drowning.
WILLIAM FAY. Corporal William Fay, son of William and Ellen Brady Fay, was born in County Longford, Ireland, Nov. 17, 1829. He married Joanna Gordon, July 31, 1854, and died July 1, 1898, at Westerly, R.I., where he had long resided. He was a member of the last color guard.
SAMUEL FESSENDEN. Quartermaster Samuel Fessenden, son of William H. and Lydia Russell Fessenden, was born at Sandwich, Mass., May 3, 1883 (sic). He attended the public schools of his native village, but completed his education at Professor Wells's Academy for boys. This must have been at a comparatively early age for his father died when he was but fourteen, and the family were already settled in Peoria, Ill. He then made his home with an uncle, Benjamin Fessenden, who had migrated thither at an earlier date. Just when he reurned East is unknown, but he was a resident of Pawtucket at the outbreak of the Rebellion, and enlisted as a private in Company G, June 1, 1862. He was appointed sergeant-major of the regiment June 7, 1863; October 20th, commissioned second lieutenant, and first lieutenant and quartermaster, November 12th, but was not mustered as such until March 22, 1864. He left the service Dec. 16, 1864.
Dec. 13, 1870, he married Mrs. Edwin J. Cargill nee Huldah Jennie Golden, daughter of William and Joanna Sheldon Golden. He died at Saylesville, R.I., Feb. 11, 1894, leaving a widow, a daughter, Jennie H., wife of Walter Irving Vose of Manville, and three sons: William Russell of Providence, Samuel Miles of Saylesville, and Myron Fuller a pupil in the Central Falls High School. He had previouly lost a daughter, Mary Wilkinson, at the age of four years. In 1867 Mr. Fessenden was town clerk of Cumberland, but the next year he went to the bleachery at Salesville where he was clerk for eight years. He established the post office there and purchased the coal used by the company, by the operative, and by the residents generally. He was judge of the probate court of the town of Lincoln two and a half years, but held a commission as public notary for a much longer period. For many years he was a member of the Town Council and an assessor of taxes. Indeed, as a politician he was quite prominent in that region. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and the Order of Good Fellows; also of the Memorial Congregational Church at Saylesville, in the Sunday School connected with which he taught the Young Men's Bible Class."
Transcriber's notes: I was unable to ascertain a year of birth for Samuel, but did find this additional info:
Huldah J. Fessenden, widow of Samuel Fessenden, died 31 Mar 1930 in Providence, age 87 yrs.
ALFRED FISKE. Sergeant Alfred Fiske, eldest child in a family of four girls and five boys, was born March 31, 1832, at Providence, R.I. His parents' names were Sterry and Mary P. Fiske. When ten years of age he commenced working in a mill, obtaining all subsequent education by attending evening schools. When he enlisted, he was residing in Pawtucket, R.I. Since the war for four years Mr. Fiske was keeper of the lighthouse at Warwick, R.I., but most of the time has been spent at Chartley, Mass., where he worked in the jewelry shops and purchased a fine residence. He died there Feb. 18, 1889, of consumption, leaving a widow, Louisa M. Fiske, and an adopted daughter. He was severely wounded in the hip at Bethesda Church, June 3, 1864.
NATHAN G. FOLLENSBEE. Sergeant Nathan Gardner Follensbee, the eldest in a family of ten children, was born to James and Keziah Gardner Follensbee, at Underhill, Vt., April 23, 1821. When six months old he was adopted by his grandfather, a native of Swansea, Mass., whither they went when Nathan was about sixteen. The latter married Sarah Hale Brown Feb. 26, 1842, by whom he had two daughters and three sons. About 1870 he married Sarah L. Jones (Widow Saunders), who bore him no children. His trade was that of bricklayer and stone mason. He was appointed sergeant upon the commencement of active campaigning, and when the pioneer corps was organized transferred as sergeant to that. After the war he made his home in the suburbs of Providence until 1875, when he removed to Riverside, R.I., where he died July 20, 1899, of heart failure.
SAMUEL O. FOLLETT. Samuel O. Follett, with his mother, Polly Follett, were residents of the town of Cumberland, R.I., in 1844. She died there Feb. 27, 1859. Samuel went to East Greenwich, June 15, 1850, being ten years of age, and became a member of the family of John Tibbitts, where he had a home until he enlisted. Mr. Tibbitts's daughter married Hon. Elisha R. Potter. Follet (sic) was wounded in the shoulder May 14, 1864, at Spottsylvania, Va., and died in consequence June 17th, at Alexandria.
WILLIAM FOLSOM. William Folsom was clerk of Company I. It is supposed he was reared in Worcester. Prior to the war he worked with Dennis J. Scannell on the 'Spy' of that city. Thither he returned after his muster out and there he died about 1885.
CHESTER L. FRANKLIN. Chester Lewis Franklin, son of Jeremiah and Amy Albro Franklin, was born in North Kingstown, R.I., Jan. 4, 1837. The greater part of his life was spent on his father's farm in the town of Exeter, R.I. During the winter months he attended the public schools. He participated in all the hard service of the Seventh until he was mortally wounded at North Anna River May 25, 1864. While bending over to fix his knapsack a bullet entered the shoulder on one side and passed obliquely down through the chest, emerging at the waist on the opposite side. On hearing of the sad occurrence, his comrade and former teacher, Charles W. Hopkins, immediately sought him out at the rear of the field where he had been carried and administered such poor relief and consolation as lay in his power. It was evident, however, he was fatally injured. He died at a military hospital at Port Royal, Va., May 27, 1864. He was unmarried. The men were much impressed by his misfortune, as he was a general favorite with his comrades.
Irus A. Franklin, of Providence, brother of Chester Lewis makes the following statement.
'William H. Holstein and wife of Bridgeport, Montgomery Country, Penn.,
during the war made it their business to attend to sick soldiers.
They buried Chester Lewis Franklin; he never spoke after arriving at the
hospital at Port Royal.'
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