Bassett, a two-war veteran, was solely 40 when he died. (U.S. Senate Assortment)
In Could 1863, the Rev. John A. McKean departed Pennsylvania with a grim job. He needed to retrieve the stays of Main Isaac C.M. Bassett of the 82nd Pennsylvania Infantry, who reportedly had been killed through the Second Battle of Fredericksburg. One can solely guess the reverend’s response when he found that the main was truly alive and effectively. Within the strategy of storming Marye’s Heights, the 82nd’s color-bearer was shot down. Bassett picked up the regiment’s colours and cried to his males, “Observe me,” then rushed and personally planted the colours on the enemy place. Newspapers falsely listed his title among the many different senior officers of his brigade who had been killed or wounded through the assault on the entrenched heights.
On December 15, 1846, the 17-year-old Bassett had volunteered for the Mexican Conflict as a personal within the 1st Pennsylvania Infantry, solely to be discharged almost a month later after his superiors found he was a minor. Within the interwar years, he lived in Philadelphia and labored as a coal service provider.
Bassett was commissioned a captain within the 82nd Pennsylvania on August 24, 1861. He was promoted to main on February 7, 1863, and to colonel on Could 3, 1863, simply in time to take command of the regiment and lead it at Gettysburg that summer season. Through the bloodletting at Chilly Harbor in June 1864, the 82nd suffered 173 casualties, half of its efficient power. Bassett was among the many casualties. His left index finger was mangled by an enemy shell and a bullet pierced the palm of his left hand near the thumb, lodging in his arm close to the elbow joint. A surgeon amputated his broken finger after the battle. The bullet ultimately labored its approach down towards the opening of his wound and was then extracted. The following surgical procedure left him unable ever to clasp his left hand once more.
On December 12, 1864, Bassett was brevetted brigadier normal, though the brevet was not confirmed till February 14, 1865. He was later acknowledged “for distinguished providers within the assault on the enemy’s strains close to Petersburg, April 2, 1865, and for conspicuous gallantry on the battle at Little Sailor’s Creek, Va., April 6, 1865.” With stars adorning his shoulders, gained for his succesful management and bravado through the struggle, Bassett led the battle-hardened veterans of the 82nd with their bullet-riddled colours, draped with crape to honor President Abraham Lincoln, through the Grand Overview in Washington, D.C., in 1865. The regiment was mustered out on July 13, 1865.
Bassett outlived the struggle barely 4 years. Simply 40, he died of acute peritonitis in Philadelphia on October 2, 1869. The Philadelphia Inquirer declared that “his sudden loss of life will likely be deplored by a big circle of associates and acquittances.”
He was initially buried at Philadelphia’s now-gone Odd Fellows Cemetery, however his stays had been reinterred at Lawnview Cemetery in Rockledge, Pa., through the Fifties. Barrett’s grave remained unmarked till a veteran gravestone was positioned there in 2020.