publication date: Friday, October 26, 2018 (part of Fall 2018)

category: Military

clue: This Rhode Islander is not remembered so much for his courage on the battlefield at Bull Run as he is for his eloquence in communicating to the wife who would soon be his widow.

explanation: Ballou was an officer who died of a wound at the First Battle of Bull Run, a week after writing a love letter to his wife Sarah that has become celebrated. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Chris Lemler, Matthew Preston, Erik Bates, and Aaron Shurtleff


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