as affording the best chance–a rather slender one--of making me well again.
I have had no further hemorrhage since I came here, but am harassed with a cough, which at the East I would expect to finish me in a very few months.
I shall be driven to resign my commission in the army, I suppose, during this month.
It is, of course, a great disappointment to me; and if I die this way, I shall be greatly chagrined that I had not been favored with a more soldierly death in Virginia, like poor William Putnam, and so many others in the Fifteenth and Twentieth, at Ball's Bluff.
——, Minnesota, January 11, 1862.
I find the air dry and bracing, but the cold and high winds make all out-of-doors exercise next to impossible, and I don't find myself bettered at all, in respect of this cough ; consequently I leave here, on Tuesday next, for the East.
Mean to stop a few days in Detroit, and so come to Boston in about ten days, where I expect to embark in the first clean merchantman, with cheap<
James Lowell conferred with his cousin William Putnam, who was also then studying at the Law School, and ient and distinguished in the whole service.
Lowell and Putnam received their commissions as First and Second Lieutenantson the 10th of July.
A nobler pair never took the field.
Putnam with his fair hair, bright complexion, deep eyes, and uncoshot in the thigh, Captain Schmitt very badly wounded, and Putnam killed.
The deep gloom which followed that most unnecessao the Twentieth Regiment soon after this battle,—Patten in Putnam's place.
Lowell made light of his wound and wanted to stenant J. J. Lowell were wounded, and the gallant Second Lieutenant Putnam killed.
Patten instantly applied to succeed young Putnam, and, thanks to his bearing, character, and record, and the enthusiastic support of his friends, after exciting commmy [Lowell] was mortally wounded, in just the same way as Putnam, only more severely, in the fight last Monday afternoon. W