Monday, May 14, 2012

Five Men Of Massachusetts 50th., Infantry.

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ROBERT W. REEVES. 1st Lt. Clerk. Age 21. Single. Salem. Com. May 7, 1862. Mustered in Sept. 15, 1862. Mustered out Aug. 24, 1863. Previous service Co. I 8th Regt. Subse quent service Capt. of 13th Unattached Infantry. Died in
Salem, Oct. 16, 1869.

EDWARD W. PHILLIPS. 1st Lieut. Age 20. Single. Salem. Com. Sept. 3, 1862. Resigned on account of ill health July 13, 1863, and died at Salem, Oct. 13, 1867. Previous service in 4th Battalion, which garrisoned Fort Independence for several weeks in 1861. He was assigned to special service as Commissary of Subsistence on the voyage to New Orleans on the transport J. S. Green, which sailed from New York, Dec. 3, 1862. On arriving at New Orleans he became superintendent of the U.S. bakery there, but subsequently rejoined his regiment. He was the son of Stephen C. Phillips of Salem.

SAMUEL C. TRULL. 1st Lieut. Operator. Age 25. Married. Stoneham. Com. Sept. 4, 1862. Mustered in Sept. 19, 1862. Mustered out Aug. 24, 1863. Previous service Lt. Co. L 6th Regt. At present resides in Stoneham.

JOHN S. CONEY. 1st Lieut. Shoemaker. Age 39. Single. North Reading. Com. Aug. 30, 1862. Mustered in Sept. 19, 1862. Mustered out Aug. 24, 1863. Previous service Co. B. 5th Regt. Died in Worcester.

HORACE M. WARREN. 1st Lt. Clerk. Age 21. Single. South Reading. Com. Sept. 12, 1862.   Mustered out Aug. 24, 1863. Previous service Private in Co. B 5th Regt., Sergeant Co. E 20th Regt. Subsequent service Adjutant of the 59th Regt. Lieutenant Warren was born in Maine in 1841, descended from Moses Warren of Waltham, who fought at Bunker Hill. Naturally brave and impetuous, he enlisted at the commencement of hostilities in the Richardson Light Guard, South Reading, served with that company three months in the 5th Regiment and was in the first battle of Bull Run. Re-enlisting in the 20th Regt., he engaged in the battle of Ball s Bluff. At this battle, which occurred on the 21st day of October, 1861, Sergeant Warren was in command of his company on account of the loss of superior officers and was so severely wounded it was thought that he could not live, the surgeon saying at the time, " Put him one side, boys, he won t live twenty minutes."
" The boys did not give up hope, however, but determined to save him if possible. Protecting him as best they could from the enemy, they placed him in a boat, and managed to get him into an old barn on the opposite shore, from whence, after twenty-four hours in a pouring rain and without medical attendance, he was carried to the hospital at Pools ville. Upon the organization of the 59th Regt., he was requested by Colonel Gould to accept the office of Adjutant, with which request he complied. The regiment had an eventful history, participating in some of the severest fighting of the war, having been engaged at Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg and Weldon Railroad. Adjutant Warren was again wounded at Cold Harbor, but not disabled as he thought from duty. At the battle of Weldon Rail road, Adjutant Warren acted as assistant adjutant general. At Reams Station he was wounded and died on the 27th of August, 1864, from the effects of the wounds. Before his death, however, in recognition of his brave and gallant service, a major s commission had been conferred upon him." Lieutenant Warren possessed the traits out of which heroes are moulded.

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