On Wednesday, May 30, Troop 7 Buttonwoods gathered at the grave of Private Thomas C. Matterson for its annual tribute to the Civil War veteran. Pvt. Matterson was a Scituate native who answered President Lincoln’s call for volunteers to join the Union forces.
At the age of 43, Pvt. Matterson, a farm laborer, marched off with the 12th Rhode Island Volunteers to defend Washington, D.C. Pvt. Matterson contracted Small Pox and returned to Rhode Island, settling in Warwick. On March 26, 1863, he died from the disease. He was one of thousands of soldiers who safely made it through the Civil War without a scratch but succumbed to an infectious disease.
The Troop gathered at Pvt. Matterson’s grave on Inman Avenue at 6:30 p.m. The ceremony started with the laying of a wreath on the gravestone by Troop Quartermaster Randy Summers. Then a short prayer was invoked by Assistant Chaplin’s Aide Joshua Summers for Pvt. Matterson and all other U.S. veterans. The ceremony was closed by Theodore Gomm playing “Taps” on his harmonica. The Troop then proceeded to St. Clement’s Church hall for their regular meeting.
If your son would like to join Scouting, he only needs to be 11 years old or have completed the 5th grade. Troop 7 Buttonwoods is always accepting new Scouts. For further information, visit the Troop website at www.troop7buttonwoods.com, or contact Scoutmaster Richard Nathan at 738-9153.