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Trenton Times, The (Newspaper) - January 14, 1890, Trenton, New Jersey VOU ViU. NO. 1'ICKNTON, AWfKJiNOON, JANUAKY 14, 1890. TWO The Stoiy of the Battle by One Wh% Was Not a Hero. BLOODIEST BATTLE OF THE WAR Col. John A. of The New York World, RecltM In the Column! of The Jonrnaligt the of a DK Una- Bier That Shiloli uhurch, morning, April 6, ISM Here is a a lonMitjr indelibly burned into my memory At 16 of ngv I found myoolf an fum LU uimi- i-lan in the Twenty fourth Ohio regiment, in which my eldest brother was a first lieuten- ant, ami ard captain nndpolonel I had campaigned In western Virginia, and hudsocu sonwof the terrors licuiors of wax at Phillippi and Rich Mountain and eome of m a wmter campaign In the (.lie it mountain disli let Duimg win'er ol '01 my commaud was sent to Lnuia- ville, Kv where Geu Buell was organising his splendid army of the Ohio foi active opo rations against Bowling tireen auil Nnnhvllle rfs regiment was ussigued to Gen Nelion's rommaml, ami the early spring found us on the left of the aiuiyonthe north of the (ireeu river With unexpected sud Kelvin's one day la back to the Ohio river, where it was placed on ti ansports and bonded for the Cumberland nvel to participate In Grant's movement Fu I Donelson Before rwhing that point intelligence received of the capture of sUungho'd, our flotlllA proceeded to Paducah, Ky At that point Gen W T Shei-ian. was or- his Vi uite frum Ohio, Indiana and Illinois for the forward movement up the river I had been taken ill on board the rteamnr en route, and my father who at that time commanded the Seventieth Ohio regimnnt stationed at Fadwah found vid took uM in hta personal charge. Two kter "Jy regiment sailed up the Cum- berland river and was with the brigade first to enter Nanhvilin. when I reached the convalescent stage I asked permission to re- join my command, but Gen, Sherman gaid that the armies of Grant and Buell would f m in a coalition somewhere up in the Tennco BOO nver, and I might as well remain where I was for the reason that my father could give me better core in my feeble state I cuuld have with my on u command Thus it happened that I was with the army of fthni nmn when ft "felt way up tu'oid Tenn river as far as Pittsburfc Tending, so it happened that I was at Shilnh church on the morning of that ter- rible onslaught by Gen Johnston's army upon Sherman's division,
nj-ionted theniseh on the line of mv move- I there found a state of disorder The tents were pretty well ripped with shell bnUetB, and wounded meu wei e being ud pact me to the roar As I stood debating in my mind whether to join my lather's command or continue my mdepeud action, three appeared, carrying a sorely wounded officer In a blanket They calledme to assist as my place was with the hospital coi ps being a non-com batant musician, I complied with thmr re- quest W e cai ried the poor fellow some din- to the rear through a thick wood and fonnd there n scene of disorder, not to say panic H'AKTHl'B'S HjGHtAVD Hen were filing in every direction, com- iHsafy wagons were struggling through the underbrush and the roads were packed with fugitives and baggage trains trying to off the impediuienta of the ai uiy Find i ng a comparatively empty wagon we- olaced our 'Onnded officer inside and then left at liberty I started on do v. u toward the Tennessee nver I had not proceeded more than a mile when I encountered a biigade of Illinois troops drawu up in battle array appaiently waiting for orders. It was Gen McArthur's Highland brigade, the members of which wore Scotch capft nnd I must say that a handsomer body of troops I never saw These fellows had been at Fort Bonelson and they counted themselves as veterans. They had their regimenal bands with their flags were all unfurled and they were really dancing impatiently to the mnftic of the battle jn front of them Ai I sannhund by, a chipper young lieutenant, in hand, stopped me and said "Where do you "I belong to was my reply "Well, Ohio is making a bad show of itself here he said "I have ooen stragglers from a dozen Ohio regiments going past heie for in hour Ohio expects better work frtui her sons than this." As I was one of Ohio's youngest sons my state pride was touched. "Do j on want to come and flght with usf he raid I responded that I was willing to take a temporary berth in his regiment He asked me my name, and especially inquired whether I had any friends on the field I gave bun my father's name nnd regiment, and saw him make a careful entry m a little pass book which he afterwards placed in tae bosom of Ms coat, as he rather m formed me that he would see, in coso any thing would happen to me that my fi should know of it Thus I became temp ji arily attached to Companv B of the N i lu Illinois regiment, Me Arthurs brigade bov era! other men n om other bad been touched by this young patriotic also took places in our ranks. Rather a strange situation that for a, enlisting on the battlefield in a command where there was not a face tliat ho had er goon before Only one face, indeed that had the least touch of sympathy in it, and that belonging to the young officer who had must- ered him MDSIC ON THE 7IKT D We waited here foi three quarters of an hour before receiving the command to e During that time oneof the regimental band' placed "Hail Columbia It was the first fli d only time that I heard music on a battleue! 1 and soon after I saw that heroic band play Hills and Far Awjy That is to say, they would have gone over the bills if there hml been any m that neighboi hood Timlly the 01
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