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Letter from Wilder Dwight to Helen Cary, 5 September 1862

Camp near Tennallytown M'd
Sept. 5th, 1862

My dear Mrs. Cary,

You will let me
write you a few words about my
dear friend and companion Capt.
Cary. I should have written them
earlier but for the severe and ab-
sorbing service of the past three weeks.

The first cordial hand that grasped
mine after my return from Winchester
a prisoner was that of Cap't Cary and
he was the last one to bid me adieu when
I came home.     In the intimate
association and relationship as fellow
officers my love and respect for
him grew every day, and it is
not in the natural exaggeration of
my present grief at his loss that
I call him a model officer.

It is a consolation to see that
here in the sphere of his service and
honor every man mourns his loss as
a personal grief. There are many
who would gladly have died that
he might live.

I went immediately after my return
to the battle-field near Cedar Mountain,
and sought the spot where his
high, honorable and manful life
went out so peacefully on Sunday
morning.     Standing there my eye
caught one or twopapers, which I
knew at once as belonging to him.
From the peculiar value that they had
for me I felt sure that they would
be dear to you and I sent them
by Mr. Shaw just as they were
taken by me from the shade of
the oak under which he rested.

Our memories of him are all
that remain to us now. Mine
are all bright and happy and

I find it impossible to realize
that they are ended. But I
must not intrude upon you, yet
I could not omit to express my
earnest and respectful sympathy
and to say a word in tribute
to one whom I loved and honored
so much.     I hope you will
give my regards and sympathy to
Capt. Cary's mother and family.

Believe me always your
sincere friend.
Wilder Dwight

Mrs. Richard Cary

[The following text was appended to the letter and is presumably written by the recipient, Helen Cary ] Lieut Col Dwight died on the 19th of Sep
from wounds received at the battle of Antietam, Sep 17th /62 just five weeks &
five days after Richard.

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