Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Author's Note - The Fate of Private Amos Partridge

Records from the Twentieth Massachusetts Regimental History and from Adjutant Charles Peirson's journal reveal a contradiction in the fate of Private Amos Partridge of Company D. In the Regimental History the casualty list from Ball's Bluff reports that Private Partridge died in prison on January 16, 1862, while the roster in the Appendix states that Private Partridge died of his wounds in November 1861.1 Charles Peirson's journal clearly states that Private Partridge was captured at Ball's Bluff and imprisoned at Ligon Prison with other soldiers from the Twentieth Massachusetts Regiment. Partridge contracted typhoid fever during his imprisonment and died in Ligon Prison, Richmond, Virginia on January 16, 1862.2

1George A. Bruce, The Twentieth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry 1861 - 1865 (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Riverside Press, 1906), 60, 472.
2Charles 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. 103, 123, 129, Twentieth Massachusetts Special Collection, Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.

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