Thursday, July 28, 2016

Diary of Colonel William F. Bartlett, May 6, 1864

Move at three A. M. to the front. It will be a bloody day. I believe I am prepared to die. God bless my dear friends at home, — mother, father, sisters, Agnes. Went into action about eight. Thick woods. Men behaved well. I was struck in head about eleven. Carried to rear. Sent to the hospital in rear. Lay there among the wounded and dying till night, when there was a falling back, and I was put in an ambulance; . . . . knocked about all night. I slept a good deal.

SOURCE: Francis Winthrop Palfrey, Memoir of William Francis Bartlett, p. 99

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