Thursday, April 24, 1862
While on command of the picket line, Captain William “Frank” Bartlett of Company I was seriously wounded. Bartlett was deployed at an advanced post when he was struck by a ball that shattered his left leg. He was carried by stretcher to a field hospital and received prompt medical assistance from Dr. Nathan Hayward. Upon surveying the wound Hayward amputated Bartlett’s leg above the knee. Bartlett was taken by ambulance to Ship Point, and then to a hospital in Washington, D.C.. Although he returned to military action nearly seven months later, he never returned to service in the Twentieth Massachusetts Regiment.1
1George A. Bruce, The Twentieth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry 1861 - 1865 (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Riverside Press, 1906), 84-5.