which he looked forward so cheerfully; and I glory in his career as a soldier, though the end is so hard to bear.
I need not assure you how fully you and father and all at home have my sympathy in this affliction, and how much I regret that I cannot be at home to be of some use or comfort to you. I feel that I can do nothing better, however, than, where I am, to imitate, as closely as I may, the bright example that Wilder has given me. I am under marching orders, and shall be more than ever glad of the change to active service.
He passed unharmed through the hardships and dangers of the Missouri
campaign; and on the 10th of November, 1862, he was appointed by the President
of the United States Assistant Adjutant-General
of Volunteers, with the rank of Captain
, and ordered to report in person to Brigadier-General George L. Andrews
, United States Volunteers.
On the staff of General Andrews
, Captain Dwight
saw active service in the Department of the Gulf.
Important duties were assigned him, which he performed ably and faithfully.
He participated in all the stirring scenes of the Teche
campaign, during the spring of 1863, and there distinguished himself by his gallantry as he had done on the battle-field of Pea Ridge
There, too, he escaped unharmed, though constantly exposed to the shot and shell of the enemy, and at one time having his horse shot under him. He escaped, however, only to fall two weeks later, under circumstances peculiarly distressing to his friends, who would have asked for him ‘a death more consonant with his ardent and heroic temper.’
At the time of his death, May 4, 1863, he was temporarily attached to the brigade of his brother, Brigadier-General William Dwight, Jr.
, to whom he was bearing despatches from General Banks
. General Dwight
's official report of the day's operations contains the following:—
An event occurred to-day of a nature distressing to me, personally, and of such a character as to demand the attention of the authorities in this department, that we may know upon what terms we are waging this war. Captain Howard Dwight, Assistant Adjutant-General to Brigadier-General George L. Andrews, was murdered to-day under the following circumstances.