Singed Casey's Infantry Tactics Manual belonging to General William Francis Bartlett

Rare signed manual belonging to Brigadier General William Bartlett


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Rare and very nice Casey’s Infantry Tactics manual, Volume III, dated 1862. This one is identified to Brigadier General William F Bartlett of Massachusetts. If you have never heard of William Francis Bartlett I would suggest googling the man or reading “The Story of Brigadier General William Francis Bartlett”. If ever there was a soldier that lived it was William Bartlett. I will not list all of his deeds of valor here as there are many. Bartlett would originally take a commission as Captain of Co. I., 20th Massachusetts in August, 1861. Bartlett would lead his company into their first battle at Ball’s Bluff in October, 1861. The following April, Bartlett and his men would take part in the Siege of Yorktown. On the 24th of April, Bartlett would be shot behind the left knee by a Confederate picket. Miraculously he did not bleed to death but the wound proved severe enough that the leg would need to be amputated. He would return to Boston to recover from the wound through the summer of 1862. That fall, rather than re-joining his old company, he would resign and take a commission as colonel and be tasked with raising a new regiment which would become the 49th Massachusetts Infantry. Bartlett would once again lead his regiment into battle. This time at Port Hudson. Due to his leg amputation he would need to remain on horseback during the battle making for an easy target. During one of the assault’s on May 27th he would be wounded once again. This time a bullet would shatter his left wrist and buckshot would pepper his right leg. Surgeon’s would be able to remove the bullet from his wrist and save his hand but the wounds would effectively put the colonel out of commission for the remainder of the regiments 9 month service. While still recovering from the wounds he began organizing a second regiment which would become the 57th Massachusetts Infantry. Bartlett would be placed in command of the regiment once it was completed. The regiment would join the Army of the Potomac as part of the IX Corps. They would see a relentless stream of battles during the Overland Campaign. During the Battle of the Wilderness he would be wounded once again. This time a bullet would strike him in the head. Sent home to recover once more he would receive a promotion to brigadier general and would return to the Army in July, 1864. He would be placed in command of the 1st Brigade in the 1st Division of the IX Corps. He would play a small role in the planning of the Battle of the Crater. After the detonation, Bartlett’s brigade would take part in the failed attack. During the battle he would have his prosthetic leg shot off and was unable to retreat with the rest of his men. Left behind he was captured by Confederate troops and sent to Libby Prison. He would spend 2 months there but would fall severely ill. Released through a prisoner exchange, it would be months before he was fully recovered. Bartlett would return to the Army in June, 1865 and be placed in command of the 1st Division of the IX Corps. He would remain in the Army for another year before eventually resigning in July, 1866. President Andrew Jackson would nominate Bartlett for the honorary grade of brevet major general of U.S. Volunteers in January, 1866 which the Senate would confirm two months later. This tactic’s manual dated to his time with the 49th Massachusetts. Singed in period ink inside the front cover “Colonel W.F. Bartlett 49th M.V.”. This one is in exceptional shape as well. Great item from a true soldier! $425.00 SOLD!

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