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This biography is from HEROES OF ALBANY, by Rufus W. Clark, D. D.

Thomas Goldwait

Among those from the city of Albany who sacrificed their lives for the perpetuation of the Union, was Thomas Goldwait. He was the son of Jonathan and Jane Goldwait, and was born in Albany on the 20th of November, 1828. He died at Fort Mc-Henry on the 15th of September, 1861. At the breaking out of the rebellion, when an appeal was made for volunteers for the Union army, and when patriotism alone prompted our young men to take up arms in defence of our country, Goldwait gave up his business and enrolled himself as a member of Co. E, Third Regiment New York State Volunteers, commanded by Captain Blanchard, Col. Frederick Townsend in command of the regiment. This regiment was one of the first to leave this State for the scene of war, and was among the first to engage in conflict with the rebels.

While stationed at Fort McHenry, Goldwait was prostrated by fever, and although every effort was made to preserve his life, he died as above stated, on the 15th of September, 1861.

His death caused the deepest sorrow among his comrades, as he was universally respected and beloved. One of the most solemn and impressive scenes ever witnessed at the fort, was the last tribute of his fellow soldiers to the memory of their lamented associate.

Goldwait was a young man of generous impulses and a nobIe nature. He was frank and open hearted, a true and steadfast friend, and a devoted son and brother. He was for many years one of the most earnest and efficient firemen of the city. Fearless in the discharge of his duty, he was ever obedient to commands and prompt to execute all orders. Hundreds of his brother firemen bear testimony to his zeal, and gladly pay tribute to his memory. On one occasion, regardless of his own personal safety, he entered a burning building, and rescued from impending death, a maimed and feeble woman.

To his immediate associates he was most devotedly attached, and each and all of them considered him a brother. They will ever cherish his memory with the warmest affection and admiration.

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