Natural History, and worked under Louis Agassiz
Devoting himself to the study of Ophiurans while maintaining a broad interest in the outside world, Lyman
became the authority of his day on that group.
In 1858 he married Elizabeth Russell
, daughter of George R. Russell
, an East India
merchant of Boston.
took his bride home to his Brookline house, where they lived some two years, before starting to travel in Europe.
There a daughter was born, and there they remained until she was old enough to be brought safely home.
In the winter of 1856, the year after he graduated, Lyman
was sent by Agassiz
on a scientific pilgrimage to Florida
In Key West he ran across Captain George Gordon Meade
of the Engineers
, who was superintending the construction of lighthouses in that district.
In those days a traveller was a rara avis
, and a lonely wanderer found but scant accommodation.
had a ship at his disposal, and was delighted to have the chance of offering Lyman
the hospitalities of his floating home, for a far less agreeable man would have been a godsend in the wilderness.
The Engineer Officer
was eighteen years the senior of the Roving Naturalist
, but they proved congenial companions, and the intimacy so formed was afterwards maintained.
And thus it chanced that, on his return from Europe Lyman
, from September 1863, until the end of the Civil War
, was a member of the staff of General Meade
, commanding the Army of the Potomac.
The present volume is composed of a selection of Colonel Lyman
's letters to his wife from the front.
His vivid picture of the life and actions of that army has an added interest from the contrast that it offers to the late World War. Still, the contest