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GENERAL FRANCIS W. PALFREY

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TRACY P. CHEEVER

Henry Walker as Colonel of the 4th Massachusetts Regiment shared in the experiences of the Army of the Gulf. The political field was open to Colonel Walker after the close of the war but such a career could not allure him from his cherished life work although he did consent to serve for three years as a member of the Police Commission of the City of Boston. Colonel Walker is best known to the people

of Massachusetts as Commander of ham Lincoln regretting the great

the Ancient and Honorable Artilloss the country had sustained in lery Company when it made its first the death of General Isaac Stevens, visit to London. It was alike creditand saying that it was his intention able to the Commonwealth and the to have appointed him as com- organization that he was selected, mander of the Army of the Potomac as few men have better knowledge to succeed General John Pope. of social etiquette, which is much General Hazard Stevens in addition more strictly observed in England to the practice of law has given than in the United States. His much time to the consideration of speech at the great banquet in Lonpublic questions and is well known don in which he referred to Queen as a writer on matters affecting the Victoria as “a womanly Queen and welfare of the people.

a queenly woman,” won him the admiration of all Englishmen and Alley. The defence proved beyond made him a welcome guest at the doubt by reputable witnesses that fireside of nobility. As a cultured while the government was trying to and polished man Colonel Walker show that Alley was on the road to has few equals as a speaker.

dispose of the remains of Ellis he Lewis S. Dabney, one of the (Alley) at the time was actually at leaders of the Suffolk Bar, had a fine the South End. war record, serving as a Captain in That the remains of Ellis were a Massachusetts cavalry regiment taken over the route described by and also upon the staff of Major government witnesses was undoubtGeneral Augur. In the practice of edly true, and in talking with Mr. law Mr. Dabney has had a wide and Somerby just before his death he varied experience and there is not told the writer that the government any branch with which he is not made its fatal mistake in insisting familiar. The only time he ever that Alley was upon the wagon appeared in a criminal trial was in when in fact it was being driven by defence of Leavitt Alley who was another person. charged with the murder of Abijali Charles Francis Adams also served Ellis in Boston in November, 1872. as a Captain in a Massachusetts The senior counsel for the defend- cavalry regiment.

cavalry regiment. Although eduant, Gustavus A. Somerby, was as- cated to the profession of law he sociated with Mr. Dabney. The has never taken up general practice discovery of the murder was made and has devoted his talents to speearly in November when the muti- cialties relating to property and lated remains of Ellis packed in a other financial matters. As chairbarrel were found floating through man of the Board of Railroad Comthe sluiceway on Beacon street. The missioners of Massachusetts he acplace where the crime occurred in quired a national reputation and he

Alley's stable at the South End- was also well known as president was soon determined, and the detec- of the Union Pacific Railroad. Mr. tives who arrested Alley had begun Adams has given much time to litto work up a strong chain of cir- erary pursuits and as a writer on cumstantial evidence when the great subjects of public concern has few fire of November 9th took place and equals in style and force. . caused a suspension of proceedings General George H. Gordon was for several weeks.

graduated from West Point before At the trial the government pro- he became a lawyer and settled in duced evidence to show that early Boston. When the war broke out on a certain morning Alley was he was made Colonel of the 2nd seen driving a wagon through Rox- Massachusetts, a regiment that in bury over the hill past Dr. Putnam's discipline and other qualifications church and was also seen at various reached the standard of the regupoints between that place and the lars and made a remarkable record. sluiceway on Beacon street. As Among other lawyers who com

. junior counsel it fell to Mr. Dabney manded the regiment were William to prepare the defence and the per- Cogswell, afterward a member of fect alibi he succeeded in establish- Congress, Samuel M. Quincy and ing resulted in the acquittal of Colonel Morse.

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When Colonel Gordon became Brigadier General, Charles R. Train accepted a commission and became Assistant Adjutant General on his staff. Mr. Train as Attorney General of the Commonwealth for several years represented the government in many important murder trials and was recognized as a great lawyer. He also served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives at a time when both parties

MAJOR SIDNEY sent many of their ablest men. Mr. Train was the leader on the Repub

Charles W. Carroll and Fisher A. lican side.

Baker, natives of Dedham, after Adin B. Underwood, who was a completing a collegiate course studlaw partner of General Gordon, had ied law in the office of Hon. Thomas a splendid war record. His service L. Wakefield. In 1861 both enbegan as Captain in the 2nd Massa- listed in he 18th Massachusetts chusetts and he was subsequently Regiment, the former receiving a Major and Lieutenant Colonel of commission as Captain of the Dedthe 33rd Infantry. He was badly ham company while the latter was wounded in the side at Lookout appointed Adjutant of the regiment. Mountain and General Hooker was Carroll yielded up his life at the so impressed with his bravery that second Battle of Bull Run and the he sent the following despatch to Grand Army Post in Dedham bears Washington:

Baker resumed the prac

his name.

a

tice of law when the regiment re- Major John W. Mahan were promiturned to Massachusetts and for nent representatives of the Irish years has been a prominent attorney race, which furnished a large quota in New York City.

to the Union and Confederate armAlfred Brewster Ely was the ies. Both served in the famous 9th son of a prominent clergyman in Massachusetts Volunteers, and Genthe western part of Massachusetts. eral Guiney received serious Young Ely was graduated froni wound which caused the loss of an Amherst College and received his

eye.

As Assistant District Attorpreparatory instruction in law in

ney for Suffolk County General the office of Chapman & Ashman Guiney was a remarkable prosecut(afterwards Chief Justice Chapman ing officer and displayed qualities of of the Supreme Court) and in the no ordinary degree in his ideas of office of Sidney Bartlett in Boston. duty. Without the least element of Mr. Ely became an early and active persecution in his nature General “Native American” and in 1846. in- Guiney had rigid views of right troduced the "Order of United

and wrong and no influence could Americans.” He was at one time sway him from acting upon what he director of the Western (now the deemed a principle. He had a clear Boston & Albany) Railroad, and and concise way of presenting eviCommissioner of Back Bay lands. dence to juries and his public recHis army service was in the 13th ord is alike creditable to him as offiConnecticut Volunteers, and he cer and citizen. Subsequently he acted as Assistant Adjutant Gen- became Registrar of Probate for eral in the northern division of the Suffolk County and his controversy Department of the Gulf.

with Judge Ames is remembered by Three sons of Judge Josiah G. many persons. In personal appearAbbott, one of the foremost lawyers ance General Guiney was a typical of his time were officers in Massa- soldier. When overtaken by death chusetts regiments and two lost one night on his

way home he their lives in battle. Their brother, braced himself against a building Mr. Samuel A. B. Abbott, who was and met the change with the same president of the Board of Trustees resolute determination as had been of the Boston Public Library, at his shown by many of his comrades on own expense, commemorated the the field of battle. 2nd and 20th Massachusetts Regi- Major Mahan was a good lawyer, ments in which his brothers served, of genial disposition, and although by the work of St. Gaudens which a great sufferer from rheumatism adorns the grand stairway in the he was always cheerful, and never new Public Library building in Cop- murmured at his affliction. Major ley Square.

Mahan used to point with pride to Colonel Francis S. Hesseltine re- a gold hunting cased watch which ceived a medal of honor from Con- saved his life in battle. A bullet gress for distinguished bravery. He struck it and imbedded itself in one was a Captain in the 3rd Maine and

of the cases. The Major had the Major and Lieutenant Colonel in bullet enclosed by copper wire and the 13th Maine Infantry.

in that way carried it throughout General Patrick R. Guiney and the remainder of his life.

Among other members of the ju- Thomas H. Talbot was Lieutendiciary who served in the army are ant Colonel of the 18th Maine and Justices Hammond and Sheldon of of the Ist Massachusetts Heavy the Supreme Court and Justices Artillery which suffered terrible Sherman, Stevens, Bell and Hardy losses in the Wilderness campaign. of the Superior Court. The late Chief Mr. Talbot was one of the United Justice Albert Mason of the Supe- States Assistant District Attorneys rior Court was in the 38th Massa- under President Grant. chusetts Volunteers and was com- Hosea Kingman, who for several missioned by Abraham Lincoln as years was the District Attorney for Captain and Assistant Quartermas- the Southeastern District, and chair. ter.

man of the Board Wilmon W.

of Metropolitan Blackmar, now de

Sewerage Commisceased, was in the

sioners when he 15th Pennsylvania

died, was in the Cavalry and was

3rd Massachusetts promoted to a cap

Regiment. Everett taincy on the field

C. Bu mpus, who of Five Forks by

succeeded Mr. General Custer for

Kingman as Disdistinguished brav

trict Attorney, left ery. General

Harvard College to Blackmar received

join the işt Masa medal of honor

sachusetts Heavy from Congress,

Artillery as a Lieuand at the time of

tenant. His father his death was

was in the service, Commander in

and a brother was Chief of the Grand

killed at Resaca. Army of the Re

Chas W. Bartpublic.

lett, the DemoGeo. W. Morse

cratic candidate was a Captain in

for Governor in the 2nd Massachu

1905, Colonel Edsetts Regiment

ward P. Nettleton, and saw service in

for many years the Army of the Potomac and under City Solicitor of Boston, Major Sherman in Georgia. He was also Edward J. Jones of the uth Batin the rebel prisons.

tery, John C. Gray, Andrew J. Joseph Tucker, Lieutenant Colo- Bailey, formerly Corporation Counnel of the 49th Regiment, lost a leg sel for the City of Boston, Coloat Port Hudson. He was a mem- nel Charles Walcott of the 21st ber of both branches of the Legis- and 61st Massachusetts Infantry, lature, Lieutenant Governor of the Colonel Thomas W. Clarke, SoloCommonwealth and has been Judge mon A. Bolster, Judge of the Roxof the First Berkshire District Court bury Municipal Court, Colonel Thos. since it was established.

L. Livermore, who left the bar to

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COLONEL HENRY WALKER

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