forces from reaching Keyes
' at Seven Pines
(a matter of supreme importance), and deprived Keyes
of two brigades and a battery of their own troops.
It has been mentioned that during the events narrated, General J. J. Pettigrew
was wounded very seriously.
I cannot forbear, in this presence where so many dear friends of General Pettigrew
remain, to record for future history an unpublished letter from Pettigrew
, fraught with the pure patriotism and exquisite self-sacrifice characteristic of both heroes, who sleep in death together for the cause they served.
I hardly need remind you that this (like his report) was written by an amanuensis, and exhibits in its feeble signature the exhaustion of one wounded almost unto death.