Sunday, March 18, 2012

Faces of Civil War: Perkins Bartholomew (update)

Memorial marker for 14th Connecticut lieutenant Perkins Bartholomew in Spring Grove
Cemetery in Hartford. He was killed at the Battle of Boydton Plank Road, near Petersburg, Va.
(Left photo: Mary Falvey; right photo: Mansfield Historical Society via Tad Sattler)

My thanks to friend of the blog Mary Falvey, a Connecticut Civil War researcher, who supplied the
photo at left of the memorial marker for Perkins Bartholomew, a 14th Connecticut lieutenant who was killed at the Battle of Boydton Plank Road on Oct. 27, 1864. Despite efforts by his fellow soldiers and later by Hartford businessman and former Union soldier Maro S. Chapman, Bartholomew's body was never recovered from the battlefield near Petersburg, Va. After the battle, he was buried by the rebels by the side of a plank road. The memorial marker in Hartford's Spring Grove Cemetery was placed there by the 23-year-old soldier's family. It reads:

"A true patriot, an efficient soldier, an affectionate son and brother. He yielded his young life a willing sacrifice for his Country."

Detail of the top of Perkins Bartholomew's memorial marker. (Photo: Mary Falvey)

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