Tuesday, December 22, 2015



Rhode Island Seventh, Co. E., Infantry.

Sergeant Decatur Morey Boyden, son of William C. and Emily Morey Boyden, was born near Chestnut Hill, Smithfield, Aug. 31, 1840. He was the fourth of a family of eight children. Aug. 2, 1862, he married Frances Louisa Poland. They had three children, a son, since deceased, and two daughters. Mr. Boyden was a woolen finisher by trade and labored chiefly for the Harris Woolen Company at Woonsocket, and for the Blackstone, Mass., Mills.
He first enlisted in Company E, of the Fourth Rhode Island, but lost a finger and therefore was discharged March 10, 1862. He enlisted in the Seventh July 26, 1862. He was slightly wounded at Fredericksburg and again severely in the side at the Wilderness, because of which he was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps Sept. 30, 1864. He was admitted to the Chelsea Soldiers' Home June 11, 1896. Mrs. Boyden resides in Somerville, Mass.

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