While looking for stray horses, in company with our classmate
Manson, who was also a member of Company B, he was taken prisoner by a squad of
Ashby's Cavalry, and sent to Richmond, Virginia. One of his captors introduced himself
as an ex-member of "Morris Bros., Pell and Trowbridge Minstrels,'' of Boston.
He spent one week in Libby prison, and was then transferred to Belle Isle, where he remained
until he was exchanged. Returning to the North, he was honorably discharged, and went
to Concord, New Hampshire, and began the study of medicine with Dr. Charles P. Gage.
He soon had a desire to reenter the service of his country, which he did by entering the
navy as Assistant Surgeon. Upon his return from the navy, he went to Concord and
resumed his medical studies. He attended lectures at Harvard Medical School and at the
Medical Department of the University of Vermont, at Burlington, where he graduated in
He first began the practice of his profession at Sutton, New Hampshire. After
remaining there for a short time, he returned to Concord, continuing in practice there
until November, 1868, when he removed to Salisbury, Connecticut. He remained there
for six years, enjoying a very comfortable practice. He was then induced to remove to
Housatonic, Massachusetts, a thriving manufacturing town, but he remained there only
about one year. In 1875 he again returned to Concord, at the earnest solicitation of his
aunt, to whom he was indebted for his education, his father having died before John
began to prepare for college. He remained with her until her death, in February, 1877.
In March following, he returned to Salisbury, Connecticut, and resumed his old practice.
He was chosen Town Clerk and Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths in 1879, and
held the offices for three successive years, and was just about entering on his fourth term
when he died. He also held the position, under the State Government, of Post Surgeon
for the town of Salisbury.
He died of rheumatism of the heart, December 22, 1882. He was confined to his
bed one week, but had been quite feeble for about six weeks.
He was an attendant of the Episcopal church.
He was married January 16, 1870, to Miss Estelle Miller, of Salisbury,
Connecticut. She died of typhoid pneumonia, on July 10, 1875.
He was married, second, on June 10, 1877, to Miss Eliza Miller, of Salisbury, a
sister of his first wife, who survives him. They had one child, Estelle, who was born
March 27, 1878, who is also living.
of the Class of '64 in Dartmouth College" complied by
John C. Webster, Shepard & Johnston, Printers, 1884,