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Agnes Pomeroy Bartlett: The General’s Wife & Widow (Part 2)

  Read Part 1 Here By summer 1864, it was no secret that Confederate prisons were particularly bad. Agnes must have worried when she heard about Bartlett’s capture after the Battle of the Crater. Perhaps the messages he wrote to … Continue reading

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Agnes Pomeroy Bartlett: The Young Woman in the General’s Diary (Part 1)

“I wonder where everybody is of those I love. Agnes is at home. The rest of the family must have returned from Swampscott….” Wrote Union General William Francis Bartlett in his pocket diary from the confines of Libby Prison on … Continue reading

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Under Fire at Ball’s Bluff: “You Have Established Your Reputation”

“We crossed the river…under command of Colonel Lee, in all one hundred men, in a whale boat that would carry sixteen, and two small boats holding five and four respectively. I went over first, and found a steep bank one … Continue reading

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“That Crater During That Day I Shall Never Forget”

“We storm the works tomorrow at daylight. Our Division leads. I hardly dare hope to live through it. God have mercy. . . If I could only ride, or had two legs, so I could lead my brigade, I believe … Continue reading

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Civil War Cooking: Colonel Bartlett’s Dinner with the 49th Massachusetts

“I invited George Wheatland (of Salem), Major of the Forty-eighth, to dine with me this evening. We dine at six. I gave him a very good dinner. We used the new mess pail; just right for three. I had a … Continue reading

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“The Foot That Is Gone Pains Me The Most”

May 8, 1862 My leg has given me a good deal of pain since yesterday, owing to its being too tightly bandaged. The last ligature is away, and it ought to heal rapidly now. The foot that is gone pains … Continue reading

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