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 regiment was stationed in the Departeatly to the success of the late movements.
Certainly to fall thus, sword in hand and in the face of the enemy, was the very death which Sargent's impulsive and daring nature would have chosen.
Had he lived, wrote his former commander, Colonel Robert Williams, I am sure that he would have added many additional laurels to those he had already gained.
William Oliver Stevens.
Captain New York 72d Vols. (Infantry), May 30, 1861; Major, June 25, 1861; Colonel, September 8, 1862; died Ma
friendly acquaintance with him. He went with me to get a surgeon for my wounded soldier, and to pick up my overcoat, which I had thrown off in the heat. . . . . In the afternoon I went upon the field with some of the prisoners from our regiment, and buried our dead.
I read a portion of Scripture over their grave.
Later in the week he writes:—
I have furnished bread and some vegetables to our prisoners at the Court-House every morning.
On Wednesday I attended the funeral of Sergeant Williams, Company F. General Jackson gave permission to eight of the Second Massachusetts prisoners to go out with me, as an escort for the burial of their companion.
Thus was he occupied during the week when he was reported missing and mourned as dead.
The Hon. Richard H. Dana, Jr., in illustrating his talent for success, says:—
When he was made a prisoner at Winchester, and the Rebels were taking all their prisoners to Richmond, he determined not to go to Richmond, and he did not