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Jul. 4, 1839 Oxford Worcester County Massachusetts, USA
Mar. 2, 1881 Worcester Worcester County Massachusetts, USA
Albert Abel Prince was born on 4 Jul 1839 at Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Freeman and Charlotte (Lamb) Prince.
On 24 Dec 1868 Albert Abel Prince, 29, married Sarah Jane Dyke, 31, daughter of David R. and Mary Jane (Eastman) Fuller, at Worcester, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for him and the second for her. There were no children of the marriage.
He was a member of George H. Ward, G.A.R. Post #10, Worcester, MA.
He spent his boyhood upon his father's farm, and on the removal of the family to the Plain, found employment, as did most of the boy of that day, in a shoe manufactory. When the war broke out he enlisted among the first members in company E, 15th Regiment Massachusetts Infantry and became one of the best men in that body.
At Ball's bluff, in the Peninsular campaign, at Antietam, Fredericksburg, the second Bull Run, the Wilderness, and later battles the regiment to which he belonged was assigned positions of honor and of danger, and he bore his full share of its hardships and disasters. As he was unassuming promotion came only as his sterling qualities were developed in the service.
In February 1862, he was made Lieutenant; on 18 September, the day after Antietam battle, first Lieutenant; and on 14 November following, Captain, and was assigned to Co. G. On the resignation of Capt. Watson, 21 January 1863, he was put in command of Co., E, much to the satisfaction of its members, and continued with credit until the final discharge 28 July 1864.
Gen. Devens is reported to have said of him, "he was the finest type of American soldier." Another said in substance -- he was a soldier of the solid and trustworthy type, resolute, faithful and staunch, one to be trusted to go anywhere in the face of danger and stay until relieved.
At Gettysburg especially his courage and tenacity were put to the severest test and he endured the trial nobly. He stopped far more than his share of the enemy's bullets, having received seven wounds before he left the field. The last disabled both arms, but with grim determination he picked up his sword from the ground with his teeth and so carried it as he was borne to the rear. When on a visit home in February 1864, his friends in Oxford honored him in the presentation of a sword, sash, belt and pistol.
His later residence was at Worcester, where he carried for years the effects of his army life in impaired health, and died highly respected. (From the "History of the Town of Oxford, Massachusetts, with Genealogies and Notes of Persons and Estates," by George F. Daniels, 1892, p. 657)