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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 1: prelminary narrative 8 0 Browse Search
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mpaign on the Hudson, by Rev. H N. Hudson; in Gordon's War Diary, p. 411; in Eyland's Evolution of a Life, p. 231; and in Putnam's Co. A, 25th Mass., p. 232. an impetuous recklessness of statement and a lawyer's ingenuity in special pleading. If eveal Biographies, I, 124, 219. A captain and two lieutenants of the 20th were killed, one of the latter being young William Lowell Putnam, whose great grandfather, Judge Lowell, inserted the anti-slavery clause in the Bill of Rights of Massachusetts. Putnam, when the surgeon came to dress his wound in the hospital, said, Go to some one else; you cannot save me. The boy-lieutenant of the 15th, John William Grout of Worcester, barely eighteen and fresh from a military school, took a load of woundgiments, complaining of the appointment over their heads—or the threatened appointment—of inexperienced civilians; See Putnam's Co. A, 25th Mass. (pp. 126, 127), for illustrations of this. and it was fortunate that the strongly democratic spirit o
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1860. (search)
be ready for possible contingencies. The defeat of the national army in the first battle at Bull Run was the event that decided him. He applied at once for a commission, and obtained that of Second Lieutenant in the only regiment in which he ever served. The examples of others, doubtless, concurred with the high promptings of his own heart to lead him to join the army. He had, in so doing, the inspiring companionship of his near kinsmen,—the brothers Lowell, James and Charles, and William Lowell Putnam,—of college classmates, and many an old comrade at school. His younger brother, Frank, too, was at this time at home, recovering from his wounds after three months of campaigning in Virginia, and impatiently waiting to be well enough to go back and serve under the commission of Second Lieutenant of Artillery in the Regular Army, which he had just received from the Secretary of War. It was bestowed in recognition of the extraordinary bravery which he, a mere lad of sixteen years, h