Sunday, November 24, 1861
In Ligon Prison, Adjustant Charles Peirson wrote to the Richmond commandant, Captain George C. Gibbs, about the sword of Second Lieutenant William Lowell Putnam, who was mortally wounded at Ball's Bluff. In his request Peirson asked Gibbs to make inquiries into the whereabouts of the sword. Once located, Peirson asked Gibbs to obtain the sword and offered compensation for the cost.1
1Charles Lawrence Peirson, "Memorandum of the Battle of Leesburg," Association of Officers of the Twentieth Massachusetts Regiment, Reports, Letters and Papers Appertaining to Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, vol. 1, p. 120-21, Twentieth Massachusetts Special Collection, Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.