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Lieut Henry Reuben Pierce

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Lieut Henry Reuben Pierce

  • Birth 2 Jan 1828 Coventry, Orleans County, Vermont, USA
  • Death 14 Mar 1862 North Carolina, USA
  • Burial Woonsocket, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
  • Plot N-0038
  • Memorial ID 42136546

Son of Warren Pierce and Sally McManus. Avid reader even in his youth, he found employment in Northampton, MA and devoted much of his leisure hours to study.

In 1846 he entered Williston Seminary in East Hampton, NH and left in 1849 to enter Amherst College where he graduated in 1853. He began teaching school but after 2 years entered the law office of Charles T. Train of Framingham, MA. for a short period and then took charge of a high school in Uxbridge, MA. And in 1856 he married Ann Frances Tillinghast of Hopkinton, MA.

In 1857 he became the principle of the high school in Woonsocket, RI. When the war cloud burst upon the country, he felt that he had to offer his life to his country. He said that he could not bear to think that in his old age, his son should ask what his father did when the liberty of his country was imperiled and that he must be obliged to confess he shunned the path of danger. Patriotic to the core, he enlisted and received his commission in November 1861 in the 5th RI Heavy Artillery and on the 14th of March in the following year, he fell in his first and only battle.

His remains were brought to Woonsocket and interred in Oak Hill Cemetery. A beautiful and appropriate marble monument erected by his late students marks the place of his rest.

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Killed at the battle of Newbern, NC Age 34

On one side of the monument: "Erected in the memory of their former teacher by the pupils of the Woonsocket High School"

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  • Originally Created by: Bearded Graver
  • Added: 19 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42136546
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Henry Reuben Pierce (2 Jan 1828–14 Mar 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42136546, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Woonsocket, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Kevin Avery (contributor 47024642) .