Originally from Malling, England, Ralph, his parents and six brothers and sisters sailed on the sloop Adison on July 3, 1831 and arrived in New York on September 3rd that same year. Ralph was seven at the time. The 1850 City Directory showed the entire family still living together in New York and that Ralph was a carman (a carman at this time was a delivery person usually working for a freight service or department store). According to the 1860 census, Ralph had married Mary E. Rogers in 1857. With Lincoln’s call to arms, Alfred enlisted with Company C of the 62nd in New York at the age of 37 as a Private on May 1, 1861. He was promoted to Corporal and then was returned to the ranks in September of 1862. He participated in all the battles that the 62nd was assigned, but on July 3, 1863 he was killed plugging the gap at Gettysburg.
He would later be laid to rest along with all the other New York troops who died there. When it was decided to make a portion of the battlefield a National Cemetery, the various governors of the Northern States requested that their dead be buried in individual areas of the Cemetery, reflecting the sacrifice made by each state.
Excerpt from US based Anderson Zouaves researcher Joe Basso’s article about Pvt. Ralph.
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