ances peculiarly distressing to his friends, who would have asked for him a death more consonant with his ardent and heroic temper.
At the time of his death, May 4, 1863, he was temporarily attached to the brigade of his brother, Brigadier-General William Dwight, Jr., to whom he was bearing despatches from General Banks. General Dwight's official report of the day's operations contains the following:—
An event occurred to-day of a nature distressing to me, personally, and of such a charaGeneral Dwight's official report of the day's operations contains the following:—
An event occurred to-day of a nature distressing to me, personally, and of such a character as to demand the attention of the authorities in this department, that we may know upon what terms we are waging this war. Captain Howard Dwight, Assistant Adjutant-General to Brigadier-General George L. Andrews, was murdered to-day under the following circumstances.
Captain Dwight had passed the artillery attached to this brigade in a wagon in which he was driving, when, finding his progress impeded by the army wagon train, he left his wagon, and mounted his horse to ride forward and joi
Brigade, attached to Hooker's division, then on the Maryland side of the Lower Potomac, and under the command of Colonel William Dwight of Boston.
Leaving Boston, December 23, 1861, he awaited his colonel at the camp of his brother's regiment,—the at once recognized, and intrusted with many a duty beyond his rank.
Speaking of his mediation between two regiments, Colonel Dwight says: I had occasion to know his character even thus early, from a special duty which called for all his ability, eneough, May 4th, to its first battle-field at Williamsburg, Hooker's division moving to the left against Fort Magruder. Colonel Dwight, considering Lieutenant Stevens's wound still painful and dangerous, detailed him to come on with the regimental traiy at North Andover, where they rest near his birthplace.
The following testimony to his merits was given by Colonel William Dwight, Jr., his regimental commander:—
Lieutenant Stevens was dear to me. I recognized him as one of the very best
VI., A. D. 1864.
Quis desiderio sit pudor aut modus Tam cari capitis?
Boston: Printed for Private Distribution. 1864. 8vo.
Boynton (H. U. 1863).
A Sermon preached in the Bowdoin Square Church, Sunday, Dec. 25, 1864, by the Pastor, on the Death of Capt. Winthrop Perkins Boynton, Co. D, 55th Mass. Regiment, who fell at the battle of Honey Hill, November 30, 1864. He being dead yet speaketh.
Boston: J. M. Hewes, Printer, 65 Cornhill.
1865. 8vo. pp. 16.
Dwight, W. (H. U. 1853).
Proceedings of the Suffolk Bar upon the Occasion of the Death of Wilder Dwight, with the Reply of the Court.
Obiit 19 September, 1865, Aet. 30.
Riverside Press. 8vo.
Fuller (H. U. 1843).
Chaplain Fuller: Being a Life Sketch of a New England Clergyman and Army Chaplain.
By Richard F. Fuller. I must do something for my country.
Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.
Boston: Walker, Wise, and Company, 245 Washington Street. 1864. 12mo.