OMS 8th Graders Visit Stoughton Civil War Soldier's Grave During Trip to D.C.
A group of 8th grade students visited the gravesite of Stoughton's Alfred Edward Waldo while at Arlington National Cemetery. Waldo died from wounds received in battle in 1864 at the age of 20.
As part of their 8th grade class trip to Washington, D.C. from June 8-11, a group of O'Donnell Middle School students and teachers Caitlin Murphy and Russ Clough took time to visit the gravesite of Alfred Edward Waldo, a Civil War veteran from Stoughton, who died from "wounds received in battle" in 1864 at the age of 20.
The students were visiting Arlington National Cemetery where Waldo is buried, and walked about a mile to find the Stoughton soldier's grave.
Waldo was born in Stoughton in March of 1844 and grew up in a house on what is now Lincoln Street.
In August of 1862, an 18-year-old Waldo enlisted in the Union Army (Co. E. 35th Massachusetts Infantry Volunteers).
Waldo took part in the Battle of Antietam in September of 1862, where there were more than 23,000 casualties. Waldo surrvied Antietam, but died at a hospital less than two years later on June 7, 1864, from “wounds received in battle.” He was one of 84 Stoughton soldiers to die during the Civil War.
He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, but there is a memorial for him at the Pearl Street Cemetery in Stoughton as well.
Waldo kept a diary during his service in the Civil War, which is preserved at the Stoughton Historical Society. David Allen Lambert published portions of Waldo's diary on Stoughton Patch.
The 8th grade students joining Murphy and Clough on their walk to Waldo's gravesite included: Seth Tamarkin, Monika Kelleher, Bryan Texiera, Lizzy Slade, Nicole Fitzgibbon, Taryn Bates, Jack Conlin, Tanya Stanley, Kyle Silverman, Mikayla Berteletti, Courtney Campbell, Molly Crumbie, Brandon Pierre, Barry Cooke, Robbie Mayo and Micah Pellegrini.