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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 1: prelminary narrative 1 1 Browse Search
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ain, Rev. Henry E. Hempstead of Watertown, died a few days after from its fatigues. With these great losses closed the prolonged battle of Fredericksburg, and with it the campaign of 1862. The loss of the Union troops had been three times that of their opponents, and the whole affair is now regarded by the best military critics as having been, except Cold Harbor, the most wasteful slaughter of the war. It was also followed by much illness and much suffering among the wounded. Dr. Thomas F. Perley, medical inspector-general, reports (Jan. 8, 1863), I do not believe I have ever seen greater misery from sickness than exists now in our Army of the Potomac. Yet it was brought about by the deliberate action of one of the most amiable and humane of the regular army generals, in opposition to the wishes both of the War Department at Washington and of almost all his own general officers. Compare Dodge's Bird's Eye View, p. 114. Official War Records, XXI, 67, 96, 940. It is to be re