He then enlisted in the service of his country on August 18, 1862, as a private in
Company G, Thirteenth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers, but was immediately
detailed on special duty in the Quartermaster's Department, and served there for
eighteen months. He was then detached from his regiment, and placed in charge of
confiscated farms, to cultivate them with colored help that came into our
lines. He was on special duty during his whole term of service, part of the time being employed in carrying rations to
the soldiers at the front under cover of night. The last year of the war, he was sick all the
time with ague and rheumatism, contracted while in the discharge of his duties, and he
has never since regained his health. He was never off duty while in the Service, and he
has never had a pension. He was mustered out of the Service on June 26, 1865.
He then went to Mossville, Peoria County, Illinois, where he taught school, but
remained there only a short time, as his wife contracted the ague, and he returned to
New England, teaching schools in Massachusetts and New Hampshire until 1868. During
this year, he bought a farm at Sharon, New Hampshire, which he cultivated for four
years. In 1872 he accepted a position as traveling salesman for nursery stock, and at the
same time canvassing for "Johnson's Natural History of the Animal Kingdom,'' in which
business he is still engaged.
He has filled the offices of Selectman, Town Clerk, member of the School
Committee and Justice of the Peace. He is at present a deacon in the Congregational
Church at Ayer Junction, Massachusetts. He is a Republican in politics.
He was married August 9, 1862, to Miss Hattie L. Bucknam, of New Ipswich, New
Hampshire. They have three children: Minnie H., born December 11, 1866; Jennie May,
born September 9, 1869, and Harrison E., born August 18, 1881.
of the Class of '64 in Dartmouth College" complied by
John C. Webster, Shepard & Johnston, Printers, 1884,