, probably drowned; Lieutenant S. W. Putnam
, killed; Captains Dreher
, Lieutenants Lowell
, wounded,—not fatally.
All other officers safe, including myself.
, badly wounded,—probably not fatally.
's right arm gone,—doing well.
doing very well.’
This disastrous battle carried grief into many of our Massachusetts
families, and depressed the buoyant and patriotic spirit of our people for a time.
Its effect upon the country was also unfavorable.
Nothing had occurred, since the battle of Bull Run
, in July, which so disappointed the expectations and saddened the hearts of loyal people.
A distrust was felt of the loyalty and military capacity of some of the high army officers.
In many quarters, the Administration was blamed for our ill luck, and want of success.
It was at this trying hour that the Governor
wrote this splendid letter:—