I first entered the service, as private wuth Company B, First Massachusetts
Volunteer Infantry at East Boston on the twenty-third day of May,
1862, I was promoted to Corporal on Color Guard and at the close
of the war
my rank was that of a corporal
I was first discharged on May 25th 1864 at Boston, Mass as my turn
of service had expired and was not re-enlisted or commissioned again.
My first battle that I was engaged in was at Blackburn's Ford and
also took part in First Bull Run Seige of Yorktown, Williamsburg,
Fair Oaks, Savage Station, Glendale, Malvern Hill 1st &2nd, Bristow
Station, Second Bull Run, Chantilly, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville,
Gettysburg, Wapping Heights, Locust Grove, Wilderness and Spottsylvania.
I was never wounded, confined in prison or hospital. The comrades
that I was most intimate with during service were Geo. Murphy, Geo.
W.H. Burbeck, W. H. West, Geo. W. Allen, W.P. Drury, Wm. Kilbin,
Wm. Eaton. What I deem the most important events of my service are
the facts that I went with the regiment from the first to the last
and came home without a scratch.
Also another one, I wish to state and that is of the seven men who
went into the battle of Gettysburg on our color guard. I, alone,
was left to bring the two colors off the field unhurt.
was in Hooker's First Brigade, Second Division, Third Corps. Hooker's