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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1848. (search)
al teachers were Dr. Jeffries Wyman and Dr. Henry J. Bigelow. He took his degree at the Harvard Medical School in 1857, and was for a time House Surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and also Dispensary Physician. But the spirit of adventure was still strong in him, and at the outbreak of the war he was one of the first to volunteer for the post of regimental Surgeon, and was the first man commissioned in that capacity in Massachusetts. His regiment was the Second (Infantry), Colonel Gordon; he was commissioned May 28, 1861, and remained with the regiment in Virginia, in the faithful discharge of rather monotonous duty, until October 9, 1861, when he resigned, in order to accept the more congenial position of Captain in the First Massachusetts Cavalry (Colonel Robert Williams), to which he was commissioned on the last day of the same month. His elder brother, afterward Brevet Brigadier-General Horace Binney Sargent, was then Lieutenant-Colonel of the same regiment. The
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1851. (search)
ter the failure of the grandest experiment of a free government that the world has known? Utter discouragement and dejection would fall upon the friends of freedom everywhere, should the North now yield to the entreaties of those who say, Do not persist in this war, for you will be only shedding blood to no purpose. In accordance with these principles, Mr. Sedgwick forsook his profession, and was commissioned (May 25, 1861) as First Lieutenant in the Second Massachusetts Volunteers (Colonel Gordon). He went into service with the regiment, was detailed as ordnance officer of Major-General Banks's corps, and was soon transferred to the staff of Major-General Sedgwick, his kinsman, with the rank of Major. All through his period of service he wrote constantly to his family; and the following extracts will show his habits of mind, and the spirit in which he served his country. St. Louis, Missouri, April 18, 1861. The excitement increases here daily. I do not expect any out
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1853. (search)
re congenial pursuits. He determined to raise a regiment for the war; consulting daily with Messrs. Gordon and Andrews, formerly of the United States Army, the future Colonel and Lieutenant-Colonel osuppressing the Rebellion,—this was the aim which bounded his horizon. He was appointed, by Colonel Gordon's recommendation, Major of the regiment, which position he held until June 13, 1862, when he right. Again, he says:— The event of yesterday was the arrival of the coffee-mills. Colonel Gordon reports that the men are in ecstasies with them. I am only a witness by his report, for I wts first action in the field, on the occasion of General Banks's retreat in May, 1862. From General Gordon's official report of his portion of the retreating forces we quote the following:— Maj that because I'm wounded I've any less spirit than I had before. I feel just the same. General Gordon writes:— As Wilder was brought from the fatal spot, I rode to his side. As I reined
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1854. (search)
wholly by the movings of his own mind, he decided to unite himself with the Second Massachusetts Regiment, under Colonel George H. Gordon, with several of his personal friends. The Second Regiment left Boston in July, 1861, and its career is well knto my delight he proved to be the favorite sergeant. He seemed much interested, but said he had promised to take hold of Gordon's regiment, and proposed to me to go into it. I took his advice. In the spring of 1861 it had become clear that war wly discussed at his home in Temple Place. In order to give it a high military character, two graduates of West Point, Messrs. Gordon and Andrews, who had formerly resigned their commissions in the army, were induced to take the highest appointments. d stayed to cheer and aid him, though he must in consequence become a prisoner. Captain Shaw, then serving as Aid to General Gordon, used every effort to learn his fate. He wrote thus to James's father:— near Culpeper Court-House, August 12
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1856. (search)
the Second, that when the regiment had been in position about twenty minutes, Stephen Perkins received a wound in his right hand, but refused to go to the rear, saying that a handkerchief was all he wanted, and this was given him. Ten minutes afterwards, Russell noticed him again, and in a few minutes more, when the regiment was withdrawn, he was not in his place. The body was found a little way to the rear, pierced with three bullets. His remains were identified on the next day by General Gordon and Captain Shaw, and were, after due preparation, sent to Washington, and thence to Oakhill Cemetery, Georgetown. There took place on the 25th of September that simple and touching funeral ceremony, the narrative of whose pathetic loneliness has touched many hearts; while it was yet more consonant with the nature of Stephen Perkins than would have been any priestly or military splendor. The services were performed by Rev. John C. Smith of the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Washington,
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1860. (search)
until they reached an opening by the side of an orchard, where General Gordon first made a stand and planted his artillery. They afterwards is full and explicit as to his excellent soldierly qualities. General Gordon, the first colonel of his regiment, says:— His military hh, so peculiarly adorned. General Andrews, the successor of General Gordon in the command of the regiment, says that His voice in gintention had been to accept an appointment on the staff of Brigadier-General Gordon, but the presence of several warm college friends in the Fl. At the battle of Cedar Mountain he was serving as aid on General Gordon's staff. near Culpeper Court-House, Virginia, August 12,rest mother,—. . . . I was in different parts of the field with General Gordon, who finally sent me back to get some artillery through the wooabout fifteen minutes. The Second Massachusetts was on the right of Gordon's brigade, and the Third Wisconsin next; the latter was in a very e
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1861. (search)
nt to Fort Independence at the same time. He soon enlisted in the Second Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, which was then being recruited by Colonel George H. Gordon, and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in that regiment, May 28, 1861. His regiment was in camp at Camp Andrew, in West Roxbury, until July 8th, whe train was all mixed up with the army, and it seemed impossible that we could ever get to Winchester. We marched along in this way until three o'clock. . . . Colonel Gordon then ordered his brigade back, as the Rebels were cutting off our wagons in large numbers. We marched three miles, our regiment in front, and drove the enemy The regiment soon after began to retreat slowly towards Winchester, fighting all the way. We got there at one o'clock Sunday morning . . . . Our regiment and Colonel Gordon saved the whole division on Saturday, and everybody here acknowledges it. Our loss that night was about twenty-five killed and wounded. The pickets were
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, Biographical Index. (search)
431; H. 100, 428, 454. Gillmore, Q. A., Maj.-Gen., I. 373. Glasgow, Mr., II. 237. Goldsborough, Com. . II. 108, 109;, 110, 254. Goodhue, Clarissa, II. 230. Goodhue, S., II. 230. Goodrich, Allen, I. 126. Goodrich, Charles B., I. 177. Goodrich, J. F., Memoir, I. 126-131. Goodrich, Mary E., I. 126. Goodwin, Lucy C., I. 273. Goodwin, Ozias, I. 273. Goodwin, R. C., Private, Memoir, I. 273, 274;. Also, I. 355; II. 186, 369;. Goodwin, W. W., Prof., II. 304. Gordon, G. H. Maj.-Gen. I. 134, 170;, 257, 258, 260, 263, 269, 273, 315, 323, 356; Il. 86, 89, 137, 185, 251. Gorman, W. A., Brig.-Gen., I. 123, 185;, 217, 382, 402, 422. Gould, E. P., II. 213. Gould, Frances A., II. 385. Gould, S. S., Private, Memoir, II. 385-390. Gould, S. L., II. 385. Grafton, J., Major, II. 270. Grafton, J. I., Capt., Memoir, II. 270-274. Also, II. 262, 449;. Grafton, Maria, II. 270. Grant, Moses, II. 372. Grant, U. S., Gen., I. 15, 16;. 91, 165,