Whittlesey, Charles W


US Official Pictures of the World War (WWI), Washington DC, 1920

Maj (later Lt. Col.) Charles W Whittlesey, commander of the "Lost Battalion,".

Although cut off for five days from the remainder of his division, Maj. Whittlesey maintained the position which he had reached under orders for an advance and held his command, originally consisting of 463 officers and men,***together in the face of superior numbers of the enemy during the five days. Major Whittlesey and his command were thus cut off and no rations or other supplies reached him in spite of determined efforts which were made by the division. On the fourth day Major Whittlesey received from the enemy a written proposition to surrender, which he treated with contempt, although he was at that time out of rations and had suffered a loss of about fifby percent of killed and wounded of his command and was surrounded by the enemy."

Maj whittlesey received the Congressional Medal of Honor for valorous conduct.

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