Letter from Wilder Dwight to Helen Cary, 5 September 1862
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The eloquence with which Wilder Dwight (1833-1862) writes the widow of Richard Cary (1836-1862) 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.