Letter from Wilder Dwight to Helen Cary, 5 September 1862
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The eloquence with which Wilder Dwight writes the widow of Richard Cary reveals his respect for his fallen captain. He declares his "earnest and respectful sympathy" with the intention to "say a word in tribute to one whom I loved and honored so much." Dwight would die five weeks later at the Battle of Antietam, and Helen Cary acknowledged his passing with a poignant annotation on the last page.