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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1859. (search)
part of April. But as he enlisted the first in his regiment, so was he the first to fall. The sad circumstances of his death are best given in letters from Lieutenant-Colonel Bryan, at the time in command of the regiment, and from Lieutenant J. Otis Williams, of the same company:— On the night of Saturday, the 9th instant (August, 1862), the Third Brigade, General Hartsuff commanding, was ordered to take a position on the extreme right of General McDowell's corps. Whilst the Twelfthr escort, were on the point of entering, the enemy, seeing and hearing the horses, opened a sharp fire upon them. We happened to be immediately in the line of that fire, and, returning it at once, covered the retreat of our generals. Lieutenant Williams adds, that the regiment was then ordered to lie down upon the ground, and that Captain Shurtleff had just raised himself on his elbow to see that his men were protecting themselves, when a second volley came from the enemy concealed by a t
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1860. (search)
e that we shall never see them again, after having been constantly together for more than a year. I don't remember a single quarrel of any importance among our officers during all that time. Yesterday I went over the battle-field with the General. The first man I recognized was Cary. He was lying on his back with his head on a piece of wood. He looked calm and peaceful, as if he were merely sleeping; his face was beautiful, and I could have stood and looked at it a long while. Captain Williams we found next. Then Goodwin, Abbott, and Perkins. They had all probably been killed instantly, while Cary lived until two o'clock, P. M., of the next day. His First Sergeant was shot in the leg, and lay by his side all the time. He says he was very quiet; spoke little, and did n't seem to suffer. We found a dipper with water, which some Rebel soldier had brought. They took everything from him after he died, but returned a ring and locket with his wife's miniature to the sergeant.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1861. (search)
ved. He wrote: Every one I have met feels and deplores the loss of the Colonel; he was so brave and gentle. The regiment feels it most, and mourns him as a friend and commander. How he had fared in the engagement may be judged from his own words:— The Rebels stole my sword, pistols, and belt. I had a bullet through my coat and pantaloons in the fight, which ruined them, and in the stampede of the wagon-train most of my baggage was lost, which leaves me nearly destitute. . . . . Williams says I look ten years older since I returned from Rebeldom; but I am well and hearty, though this work is enough to make the youngest old. At South Mountain the writer met him, and he expressed a modest satisfaction that, joining the regiment as he did in the field, very young, and being at the outset unknown to most of the officers, he had succeeded in gaining their respect. A boy fresh from college, he might well be pleased to have successfully endured the severe scrutiny of older me
red out, Dec. 5, 1864, as First Lieutenant. Williams, Horace Perry. Third Lieutenant, 5th Infantry, M. V. M., in service of the U. S., Apr. 21, 1861; mustered, May 1, 1861. Mustered out, July 31, 1861. Captain, 22d Mass. Infantry, Oct. 1, 1861. Resigned, Feb. 11, 1863. Commissioned Major, 56th Mass. Infantry, July 14, 1863; not mustered. Williams, J. Henry. Second Lieutenant, 33d Mass. Infantry, Aug. 6, 1862. First Lieutenant, Apr. 3, 1863. Resigned, Sept. 12, 1864. Williams, J. Otis. First Lieutenant, 12th Mass. Infantry, June 26, 1861. Captain, Oct. 8, 1862. Resigned (disability), June 11, 1864. Williams, Jesse S. Second Lieutenant, 24th Mass. Infantry, Jan. 19, 1863. First Lieutenant, May 17, 1864; not mustered. Killed in action at Deep Run, Va., Aug. 16, 1864. Williams, John B. Second Lieutenant, 21st Mass. Infantry, Aug. 21, 1861. Resigned, Mar. 2, 1862. Williams, Monroe F. Second Lieutenant, 7th Mass. Infantry, June 15, 1861. First Li
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 2, Index of names of persons. (search)
, 373 Williams, Caroline T., 585 Williams, Charles, 483 Williams, D. R., 585 Williams, E. L. M., Mrs., 585 Williams, E. P., 731 Williams, Edwin, 497 Williams, Emily L., 585 Williams, Ephraim, 454, 567 Williams, G. D., 373 Williams, G. F., 731 Williams, G. S., 571 Williams, G. W., 731 Williams, George, Navy, 154 Williams, George, 585 Williams, H. B., 454 Williams, H. P., 373 Williams, J. A., 154 Williams, J. B., 373, 585 Williams, J. H., 373 Williams, J. M. S., 585 Williams, J. O., 373 Williams, James, S., 154 Williams, Jesse S., 373 Williams, M. F., 373 Williams, Philander, 373 Williams, R. S., 483 Williams, Robert, 1st Mass. Cav., 202, 233, 454, 567 Williams, Robert, 39th Mass. Inf., 373 Williams, S. A., 373 Williams, S. B., 483 Williams, S. K., Jr., 605 Williams, W. B., 373 Williams, W. G., 454 Williams, William, 154 Williamson, D. H. C., 373 Williamson, H. F., 483 Willis, H. A., 605 Willis, Henry A., 373, 608 Willis, R. H., 373 Willis,