Alden Porter, Civil War Soldier
Soldier's Record, Town of Chicopee
Born at Belchertown, Mass.___Son of Abraham Porter,___by occupation a Carpenter,___Unmarried,___at the age of 19 enlisted for three years in the 10th. Regiment of Infantry, Mass. Vols. Company F.___He performed his usual duties in the regiment till Sunday, September 29th., 1861. On that day he came out on battalion drill with the remainder of his company, but was obliged, on account of illness, to leave the ranks. The next day (Monday) toward evening he was seized with a fit of fainting, while in his tent. His comrades brought him out into the open air to hasten his revival. Dr. Chamberlain, the regimental Surgeon, being called, directed his messmates to carry him on a litter to the regimental hospital. He remained there two days, and then was transferred to Columbia College Hospital, near Washington. His disease, typhoid fever, soon assumed a threatening character, and his death occurred on Monday, October 7th. 1861.
The body was embalmed and sent to Chicopee at the expense of his fellow soldiers.
On Friday, the 11th., in the shades of Maple Grove Cemetery, were consigned to their kindred dust the mortal remains of the first martyr from Chicopee to the cause of the country.