Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Letters from the Front – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Friday, April 25, 1862

In a letter to his mother Captain Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. expressed his sorrow over the wounding of Captain William Bartlett. He remarked, "The Regt has suffered a gr[ea]t loss by Capt. Bartlett’s being shot in left leg yesterday wh[ich] is amputated just above the knee – He bore it bravely – he was hit at one of the posts on picket ..."1

1Marc DeWolfe Howe, editor, Touched with Fire: Civil War Letters and Diary of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (New York: Fordham University Press, 2000), 46-47.

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