He was for many years a teacher in the public schools. He enlisted in the 29th Regt., New Jersey Volunteers, as orderly sergeant. He was present at the battles of Antietam and Malvern Hill. He was also a member of the G.A.R. of Colrain until a short time previous to his death, when he applied for a discharge on account of his age and the great distance which prevented his meeting with the post. His internment was in the family lot in East Colrain. Though affected with a chronic disease, his death was sudden and unexpected, being found dead in his room (Severance, B. Frank. Genealogy and biography of the descendants of Walter Stewart of Scotland and of John Stewart who came to America in 1718 and settled in Londonderry, N.H. Greenfield, Mass. : T. Morey & Son, 1905, pg. 123).