Sunday, May 11, 2014

Death of Adjutant Henry Bond

Wednesday, May 11, 1864

Adjutant Henry Bond, wounded in the jaw at the Battle of the Wilderness, was riding in an ambulance with fellow officers Henry Mali and William Perkins to Belle Plain to board a hospital steamer to Washington. The ambulance was waylaid by Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby's rangers with the intent of stealing the horses. One of the Confederates fired a missed warning shot into the wounded men. As Bond quietly asked Mali for a pistol, he was shot in the back by one of the Confederates. The rangers rode away with the horses, leaving the wounded to die along the roadside. The injured men were subsequently rescued by Union troops, but Henry Bond succumbed to the gunshot wound he suffered in attempting to protect the ambulance party. 1

1Richard F. Miller, Harvard's Civil War: A History of the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (Lebanon, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 2005), 364.

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