Brevet Major General William Francis Bartlett (1840-1876)

William Francis Bartlett was a student at Harvard at the outbreak of the Civil War. He lost a leg at Yorktown, but served during the siege and capture of Fort Hudson where he was twice wounded and thereafter compelled to be on horseback at all times. Bartlett then organized the 57th Massachusetts, which he led at the battle of the Wilderness, sustaining still another wound. At the battle of the Crater was taken prisoner, his cork leg shattered with bullets. Herman Melville wrote the poem "The College Colonel," in his honor.

Date:
1863 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Glass Negative Print
Item#:
MES02594
Photographer:
Mathew Brady
Height:
1068px
Width:
721px
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