Thursday, July 21, 2016

Governor John A. Andrew to Colonel William F. Bartlett, April 14, 1864

I commit these banners to you as an officer, as a citizen of Massachusetts, and as a personal friend — an officer firm and loyal, a citizen faithful and patriotic, a friend in whom there is no guile — with a satisfaction no words can express. And whatever fate may be before you, I know that neither on the white stripes of the one flag nor the white field of the other will there ever fall the slightest dishonor.

SOURCE: Francis Winthrop Palfrey, Memoir of William Francis Bartlett, p. 96-7

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