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Lucius Fairchild Bibliography

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Lieutenant Colonel Lucius Fairchild Announces the Death of a Friend

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Lieutenant Colonel Lucius Fairchild Announces the Death of a Friend | Wisconsin Historical Society

After the Battle of Gainesville, Virginia, on August 28, 1862, Lieutenant Colonel Lucius Fairchild, 2nd Wisconsin Infantry, writes a Beloit father that his son (and Fairchild's friend), Colonel Edgar O'Connor, has died in combat.

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From Original Text:"I have one horse belonging to Edgar, his wallet and his little baggage. I do not know the amount of money in his wallet, as it is badly matted with his blood.

Edgar's last words were, to say to his wife and father and mother, "God bless them!" They were said to a young man named Harshaw of 2d. I did not see him after he left the field, as Major Allen was wounded, leaving me the only well field officer present.

Edgar was a fine officer, and no man can fill his place in 2d. The men speak of him with tears in their eyes, and wish they and their 'little Colonel' back again.

You may well be proud of him and of his memory."

How to Cite

For the purposes of a bibliography entry or footnote, follow this model:

E.B. Quiner Scrapbooks: "Correspondence of the Wisconsin Volunteers, 1861-1865," Volume 2, page 295.
General Lucius Fairchild
John Singer Sargent -- American painter 
1887
State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
Oil on canvas.
127.6 x 82.6 cm (50 1/4 x 32 1/2 in.)
Inscription: (Upper left:) John S. Sargent (Upper right:) 1887 signed
 Jpg: Wisconsin Magazine of History / the-athenaeum
 

Quite a remarkable man. He was a three term Wisconsin Governor (1866-72); A decorated civil war hero at Gettysburg were he was severely wounded during the famous Pickett's charge and had his arm amputated, was subsequently taken prisoner and eventually paroled. He then was commissioned brigadier-general. After his term as governor he went on to served as U.S. consul at Liverpool, England, 1873-78; U.S. consul-general at Paris, France, 1878-80; and U.S. minister and  envoy plenipotentiary to Spain, 1880-81.

When the State of Wisconsin wanted to give him a portrait, Sargent was selected as the artist through Lucius' brother Charles Fairchild,  of whom John and the Fairchilds were becoming good friends.

Note:

Bibliography:    
Ormond, Richard and Elaine Kilmurray, "John Singer Sargent: complete paintings; volume 1, The early portraits," New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1998, no. 199.
McKibbin, David, "Sargent's Boston," Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1956.

Illustration:    
Ormond, Richard and Elaine Kilmurray, "John Singer Sargent: complete paintings; volume 1, The early portraits," New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1998, pg. 204.

SIRIS #  81690169
 

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