BOOK -- ADJUTANT STEARNS (21ST MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY)

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Published by the Massachusetts Sabbath School Society in Boston in 1862. Adjutant Frazer Stearns was a member of the 21st Massachusetts Infantry and was killed March 14, 1862 at New Berne, NC. Stearns was from Amherst and was 21 years old when he enlisted. He is buried in West Cemetery, Amherst, MA.

This book is by his father, William, and is a commentary on life of the era and beliefs using excepts from Frazer’s letters.  Scholars note this text as being culturally important.

Book is approximately 4” x 6” and in overall good condition. Textured, brown cloth hard cover with only light wear. Gold embossed title on spine. Light foxing on most pages. Strong binding.

The author, William Augustus Stearns (1805 in Bedford, Massachusetts – June 8, 1876) was a 19th-century American Reformed minister and teacher who served as president of Amherst College from 1854 to 1876. He graduated from Harvard College in 1827 and then Andover Seminary in 1831. Stearns served as pastor of Prospect Street Congregational Church from 1831 to 1854 when he left to become president of Amherst College. He served as president from 1854 until his death in 1876 and was one of the school's longest serving presidents.  [jet] [ph:L]

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