sure that you would approve of such a disposal of the remains, I delivered them to Professor Agassiz, consoled by the reflection, that, although no longer available for soup, they would nevertheless promote the advancement of science.
In the battle before Petersburg
, July 30, among the prisoners taken was Brigadier-General Bartlett
, formerly colonel of the Forty-ninth and Fifty-seventh Massachusetts Regiments.
His father, Charles L. Bartlett
, of Boston
, was anxious to have his son exchanged, and for that purpose visited Washington
, taking with him a letter, dated Aug. 9, from Governor Andrew
to Major-General Hitchcock
, who was Commissary-General
In this letter, the Governor
thus speaks of General Bartlett
He is in feeble health; lost a leg at Yorktown; was shot in three places at Port Hudson, disabling an arm, and had just joined his brigade, after receiving a severe wound in the head at the battle of the Wilderness, when he was ordered to the assault at Petersburg.
His lameness, and his yet-unhealed wound received in May, render him a person peculiarly susceptible to the rough treatment inflicted by the rebels on our prisoners; and I think his case one fairly to be regarded as exceptional, and as worthy of a special proposition for an exchange.
Mr. Bartlett will tell you of his proposition to arrange for an exchange between his son and the rebel General Trimble, who has also lost a leg. If this can be done, it will be a matter of sincere gratification.
An exchange was effected; and this gallant young officer rejoined his command, and had the gratification of seeing the Rebellion
brought to a successful end, and to know that his long and gallant services and sufferings had not been in vain.
On the 11th of August, the Governor
wrote a long letter to Governor Horatio Seymour
, of New York, asking him to consider whether it would not be of some possible public advantage—
If we two should attempt to form a more personal acquaintance, and consider some aspects of public affairs in a frank and confidential conversation. . . . I feel that it would be very becoming in us to meet, and to consider in a perfectly friendly way, and in the confidence of gentlemen, whether we might not unite to strengthen the arms of our national power, and thus help to “conquer a peace” by the use of