Monday, November 28, 2016

Diary of Brigadier-General William F. Bartlett: Saturday, August 20, 1864

Another day and week gone. Three weeks to-night since my capture. It seems like three months at least. What a difference though between my condition now and one week ago! I did not then expect to be alive now. My only hope was that my body should get sent home. To-night I am well, getting stronger every day. Walked out on crutches a little; very weak still. But how much I have to be grateful for! I hope I may never forget it. I wish I could relieve their anxiety at home. And Agnes, I fear she worries. I am glad they have not known the worst. They think I am safe and comfortably off, I expect.

SOURCE: Francis Winthrop Palfrey, Memoir of William Francis Bartlett, p. 127-8

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