from The Worcester Spy, June 1, 1864, (Volume 93 # 22), 

Washington, May 22---Sunday A. M.

Editor Spy---Being unable yesterday to proceed to Belle Plain, the day was spent in visiting hospitals about here and the seminary at Georgetown, the latter institution being occupied by wounded officers exclusively. Captains Sanderson, Hollis, and Lieut. Fisk of the 57th, arrived at the above hospital on Friday, and are as comfortable as can be expected.

Capt. Hollis is wounded severely, the others badly, but not to prevent their leaving for home soon. Most of the officers lost all their baggage and clothing, save what they wore into action, and some are glad to receive articles really needed.

Most of the hospitals are situated in very delightful locations, surrounded by fine trees and foliage. An objection to many of the positions is the distance from the city, but the health both of the patients and that of the inhabitants of the city, demands it. To engage a vehicle one must pay an exorbitant price, which, in fact, one must do to obtain anything here.

Hundreds of incidents are related by the soldiers, full of interest, and as they relate them you can see their eyes light up with patriotism, their lips quiver as it carries them back to the scenes through which they passed. They all concur in one opinion, and that is, that Gen. Grant is going to pound “pound, POUND Lee’s army till he breaks it.”---that he will ‘Give Lee just all the business he wants to attend to, and undoubtedly a little more.” it is splendid to hear them express their confidence in his abilities, and because it is so universally expressed.

Lieut. Edwin Coe, was acting adjutant of the 57th at the time of the battle, and was struck in the breast by a spent ball, stunning him and bringing him to the ground. He has since, we learn, gone to the regiment for duty again. Lieut. H. C. Ward is at Fredericksburg, having been wounded in the forearm, incapacitating him for duty for some time. Several men of the regiment were shot through the head, while lying close to the ground, according to orders, and instantly killed.

An officer speaking of the rebels said “The idea that the majority of the rebel army consists of puny boys and striplings is a mistaken one, for I never saw such long built, big boned fellows in my life before,” and they go in “to kill and win.” A quartermaster told us it was impossible to get anything in the way of carpenter work done at present, as every government carpenter is making coffins for the hospitals about here. Terrible has been the slaughter and great the sacrifice.

A. B.
J. S. B.

Washington, May 23.

Dear Spy---We send you an official list of the casualties in the 21st regiment, given by Lieut. Col. Hawkes, and deem it as complete as any yet given. The transports have not yet arrived from Fredericksburg, though they are expected today, and we shall endeavor to be on hand when they reach here. we find the boys all glad to see us, and do not object to “greenbacks” when offered them. Many lost all the money they had, and some were the victims of thieves.

Dr. Joseph A. Bates informed me of the death of private Wm. A. Mullett of the 15th Mass regiment. He was wounded in the shoulder, and was doing very well, till suddenly taken with a fit yesterday, and died.  Privates Gloster and Riley of Co. A, sergeant J. L. Mills, Co. E, and sergeant Patrick Fox, Co. H of the 57th, are at “Harewood” and doing well. Private Edward Geer, same regiment, is at the Columbian and is very comfortable. The great danger in recovering from wounds is the prevalence of erysipelas. Surgeons inform us that many a wound would get well were it not for this disease, which carries off numbers everyday.

As one passes through the different hospitals, he witnesses incidents that cause him to smile despite the consciousness of so much suffering that is endured. You will see men on the beds with arms and legs off, who are smoking their pipes with as much coolness as if they were at home. Some reading books or writing letters, and at the same time suffering intense pain. “There is nothing like the old pipe to make me easy,” said one who had an arm and leg amputated.

Then you will see one suffering from slight wounds of so nervous a temperament that nothing will comfort him. One who had lost an arm, remarked the he ”could play an excellent game of billiards once,” but “couldn’t see any points now.” One poor fellow shot through the abdomen, (thereby causing the entire paralysis of the lower parts of his body, and from which there was no recovery,) was reading to another by his side, who was shot in the face.

The men who are granted furloughs, receive their pay and are furnished with transportation home. Officers receive pay on their leave of absence, and transportation furnished them, it being entered as stoppages on the muster rolls. Paymaster Wheeler of Mass., expects to off the 21st and 57th Mass. regiments. We intend today, (if the transports arrive,) to see all our boys if possible., and if friends at home who had newsfrom any at Fredericksburg wish to send word to them here, it will be done by us with pleasure.

Official list of the casualties of the 21st Regiment

Capt. Geo. G. Parker, A, flesh wound in face, May 6; Lieut Geo. H. Bean, H, head, slightly, May 6; Lieut. and acting adjutant Ed C. Davis, G, finger, left hand, May 6; Lieut. and acting adjutant Felix Mc Dermott, F, head, slight, May 12; sergeant major P. F. Gethings, Missing, May 6; 1st seargent H. H. Haskins, C, leg, flesh; sergt. M. M. Corliss,, B, missing, May 6; sergt. John A. Osgood, A, missing, May 6; sergt. C. S. Babcock, I, wounded, May 10; sergt. C. C. Muzzy, F, back, severe, May 10; sergt. C. C. Crosby, D, finger, slight, May 13; sergt C. H. Puffer, G, knee, severe, May 13; sergt Geo. Dunham, G, left hand, May 13; corp francis Burpee, G, face, May 6; corp. C. H. Sperry, C, face, slight, May12; corp Wm. H. White, H, ankle, May 13.

Privates--- A. F. B. Piper,A. killed, May 6; Herbert Joslin, G, do; Henry F. Knight, G, killed, May 12; J. Gleason, H, do; Myron C. Stowell, C, killed May 18; Wilber A. Potter, missing, May 6; Waldo Dwinnell, G, missing, do; Wm. Cohen, B, wounded in hand, May 6; Jas. Lackey,C, knee, severe, May 6; Edward Ely, C, arm, May 6; E. S. Whiting, A, arm, May 10; Samuel Spry, A, arm, May 10; John Warner, D, foot, do; Lucian Webster, F, leg, do; Josuha Sheppard, E, foot, do; Geo. F. Wheelock,I, leg,do; Lewis P. Atwood, I, leg, do; Samuel J. Niles, J, back, severe, do; Sidney S. Haywood, A, leg, slightly, May 12 and 13; S. B. Adams, A, hand, slightly, do; S. F. Hale, A, leg, slight, do; Pat Meehan, B, head, do; John McCarthy, B, left arm, do; Jas. E. Wright, B, do, do; Wm. Glasgow,C, poenis (penis?) ,do; David Smith, C, hand, do; Henry Abbot, D, thigh, do; Thos. A. Doherty, D, neck, slight, do; C. F. Montjoy, D, shoulder,do; Leonard S. Hastner,E, arm, do; Pierce Dover, F, hand, do; H. C. Perkins, G, left arm, do; Charles Lawrence,G., right arm, do; H. H. Martindale,G, left arm, do; Michael Austin, H, arm, flesh, do; Thomas McGovern, I, head, do; Pat Brabstow, I, head, do; Lawrence Barnes, K, head, do, since died; J. H. Ames, K, A, May 13; at Stanton hospital; Patrick J. Dixon, B, do, Harewood hospital; John Gill, H, do, do; H. F. Brigham,E, do, Lincoln hospital; S. B. Burgess, B, do, Mt. Pleasant

Washington, May 25, 1864

We had a very warm uncomfortable day yesterday, and it was anything but easy work visiting the hospitals. Diminutive, however, seem the exertions we make, in comparison with the easiest pains our boys have to endure, and if one moment of their lives has been made pleasant by our presence, one worn and weary heart been cheered by our visit, we consider the return ample and are satisfied that something has been done. The wounded continue to arrive, and three boat loads came this morning, and the large steamers Connecticut and Bay State are expected today with a large number from Fredericksburg.

At the wharf where the boat lands, the Sanitary Commission have long tables on which is plenty of bread, meat, coffee, crackers and lemonade, that is readily carried to the sufferers by willing hands, and it is refreshing to see how eagerly some receive the offered food. Many would have come here almost destitute of clothing had not the commission attended to their wants before leaving Fredericksburg. The ambulances are all in lines at a short distance from the wharf, and the wounded are carried to them on stretchers, then to ambulances, causing much pain to the sufferers, who cannot repress groans or shrieks, and the eyes of many beholding them are moistened with tears.

Quite a number of the 57th regiment have arrived here within the past two or three days, and we send a list of some of them, and the hospitals in which they are placed. In several cases we have found men whose names are not recorded on hospital records, and but for going through every ward and inquiring, we would not have known of their presence. It seems a simple enough matter to record names as soon as men enter these institutions, and especially when clerks and helpers are so abundant, but it is not done, and much talking and inquiry has to be made, that is unnecessary. the following list is of those who were seen yesterday, and a few of them will be furloughed or transferred soon.

Colombian Hospital---57th regiment---Privates Dennis Cobins, I; Sylvester Myers, L; Alva Hunt, I; Pierce Cullinon, I; Isaac Laduke, H; Charles Babbit, H; Edward Geer, H.

Lincoln Hospital---57th regiment---Privates C. B. Pasco,E; Martin Kengoin, E; Frank Smith,G; John Daley,C; Thos. L. Gerry, A. 36th regiment---Henry A. Thompson, A; Henry M. Wetherbee,H; Joseph Eaton, K.

Carver Hospital---57th regiment---Privates Thos. Sheehan, C; David Lavont, C; Thos. long, D. 36th regiment---Edward Sibley, K.

Emery Hospital---57th regiment---Privates James Walsh, A; Timo Higgins, A; Peter Govtt, A; B. Brigham, A; Albert Brigham, B; E. H. Smith, B; C. Knight, C; Patrick Gallen, C; John Murphy, C; Thos. Rutledge, C; Wm. Kyle, C; John Huse, C; Sergt. Corp. S. B. Kendall, D;.

Privates M. O’Daniels, F; G. Fitzgerald, G; James Lowe, G; Patrick Thornton, I; Wm. H. Worthy, I; John Crowe, I; Geo. W. Wilcox, I.

Having received letters from friends in Worcester desiring to learn from soldiers, we will endeavor to inform them through your paper, it being impossible to write all. We learn through a gentleman just from Fredericksburg the following particulars regarding Albert Ellis of the 57th. We will first state that the gentleman is Mr. Kelly, who is connected with the Massachusetts agency, and who took particular pains to alleviate the sufferings of Ellis.

The latter is on a bed in the pulpit of the Methodist Episcopal church, with left arm amputated and right arm badly fractured. He is cheerful, and, as the gentleman remarked, ”he won’t die, for he has too much pluck,” and that  “the pulpit was never consecrated to a better purpose than it is at present.”

Private Leonard of Co. B. from Rutland, who was formerly of the 51st Massachusetts, died here a few days since, and the body is to be taken home by Mr. Bigelow of that place. A brother of the deceased was wounded but not badly, and will be here soon. We understand the former is the first man from Rutland killed in this war, others having died from sickness.

We go to Alexandria this afternoon, (learning some of our boys are there,) and shall endeavor to ascertain all we can. Corp. Billings of co. C. 57th, just came in the boat from Fredericksburg, and is wounded severely. He says that all will probably be moved soon. Major Parker’s wounds are said to be of a dangerous nature, though there are hopes of his recovery.

A. B.
J. S. B.


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