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Hitchcock, who was wounded in both arms just before the regiment retired, and paralyzed and bleeding was captured in a few moments by the rushing foe, was afterwards led under guard over that ground and found large bodies of troops yet undeployed, while Lieut. Col. Thurston, chief of staff to McCook's corps, returning from Craw-Fish Springs with our cavalry about fifteen minutes after our forces had retired, saw a long line of the enemy reaching far to the south of Widow Glenn, moving up to continue the fight. To have remained longer would have been to be captured bodily. As soon as re-organized they were ready again for the sternest work, and on the succeeding days and during the long siege of Chattanooga, and then on Mission Ridge, gave proof that though they had been checked their spirit was simply invincible.
This chapter must not be closed without one more reference to our noble brigade commander, who fell close to our colors on that fateful day. Under a flag of truce his body was recovered for honorable burial by faithful and loving hands, and long will his name and memory be fragrant to the survivors of the First Brigade. Gen. Lytle was a classical scholar and a poet, and every member of the 36th will be glad to possess a copy of the following poem written by him, and published immediately after the battle :
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.
BY GEN. WM. H. LYTLE.
From the Memphis Bulletin.
The following poem was written by the gifted and gallant Gen. William H. Lytle, of Ohio, who fell in the recent battle in Georgia. It was published a few years ago in the Cincinnati Commercial, and pronounced by W. W. Fosdick, himself an eloquent poet, “One of the most masterly lyrics which has ever
GENERAL LYTLE'S POEM.
adorned American poetry;" and he predicted for it “a popularity and perpetuity unsurpassed by any Western production.”
Both of these gifted men are now dead. One died in a quiet, happy home, in a peaceful land, surrounded by his friends; the other“ perished like a Roman," went down amid the “ Stygian honors" of battle, surrounded by his “scarred and veteran legions." “ Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori."
C. L. T.
"I am dying, Egypt, dying."—[Shakespeare. I am dying, Egypt, dying,
Should the base plebeian rabble
Dare assail my fame at Rome,
Where the noble spouse, Octavia,
Weeps within her widowed home; Let thine arm, oh! Queen, support me,
Seek her-say the Gods have told me, Hush thy sobs and bow thine ear,
Altars, augurs, circling wings, Hearken to the great heart secrets,
That her blood, with mine commingled, Thou, and thou alone, must hear.
Yet shall mount the throne of kings. Though my scarred and veteran legions
And for thce, star eyed Egyptian!
Glorious sorceress of the Nile,
Light the path to stygian honors
With the splendors of thy smile.
Let his brow the laurel twine :
I can scorn the Senate's triumphs,
Triumphing in love like thine.
Let not Cæsar's servile minions
Mock the lion thus laid low; 'Twas no foeman's hand that slew him,
"Twas his own that struck the blow. Here, then, pillowed on thy bosom,
Ere his star fades quite away, Him who, drunk with thy caresses,
Madly flung a world away!
I am dying, Egypt, dying!
Hark! insulting foeman's cry;
Let me front them cre I die.
Shall my heart exulting swell ;
Cleopatra ! Rome! farewell !
LIST OF CASUALTIES AT CHICKAMAUGA.
COMPANY A. Capt. W. H. Mitchell, left knee; Corp. John S. Long, finger; Fred Kraban, wounded and missing; Dorus Murus, wounded and captured -since died; John O'Connell, killed; Ed. H. Robinson, lungs, and captured-died at Andersonville; Chas. B. Rapp, killed; Michael Seisloft, wounded slightly; Ed. Nute, slightly.
Capt. B. F. Campbell, wounded and captured; 1st Sergt. Samuel Hitchcock, both arms, and captured; Corp. Ezra W. Parker, killed. Privates - Jacob Winn, died at Andersonville; Rudolph Berger, slightly; 0.F. Brownlee, knee; Frank Dugan, both hips; Fred. Haeni, face, and captured; Chas, Heinzie, thigh; Henry Levoy, finger; John Ott, left arm; Daniel B. Roberts, face; Daniel Terry, slightly; Christian Brunemeyer, face; Thomas McCutcheon, never heard from.
Corp. James L. Dryden, wounded and captured; Corp. William S. Allen, killed; Corp. M. L. Bute, wounded and captured-never heard from; Sergt. Geo. N. Mercer, wounded ; Ethan Keck, wounded ; Thos. Leggett, wounded; Geo. H. Knox, wounded, and died at Chattanooga; Hugh W. Harper, wounded; John H. Ward, wounded; John G. Cavis, wounded, captured and never heard from; Geo. W. Thompson, wounded and captured; William Ward, captured ; Elisha L. Atkins, captured, and died in the enemy's hands; Benj. Sawins, the same; Orlando Hayes, captured; Geo. Monro, wounded and captured.
Sergt. W. I. Maycroft, neck and shoulder; Corp. J. M. Leach, foot; Corp. Harvey Kimball, killed ; W. W. Gifford, leg, and captured ; Edward Seymour, arm, captured and never heard from; Ezra Taylor, body, and missing; Francis Phelps, elbow; C. H. Bissell, finger; Joseph Shaw, leg, slight; Peter A. Johnson, wounded and captured ; Miles Murray, William P. Burgess, Joseph Apply, captured.
Capt. A. M. Hobbs, wounded and captured; Lieut. Orison Smith, killed; Sergt. William Willett, killed; Corp. D. Burnside, hip, and captured; Corp. John Phansteil, slight; Comfort Brace, killed ; Henry C. Baxter, killed; Herbert Dewey, wounded and captured; William Hanson, face; James Hatch, neck; Henry Hennes, hips; Reuben Perrin, killed; Oscar Pecoy, right arm; Henry Smith, head, and captured; Jacob Wolfe, killed; William Zellar, left arm; Elisha Lloyd, wounded and captured ; Barney Wheeler, captured.
Sergt. Burgo Thompson, head; Sergt. Geo. Neff, hip; Corp. Gunner Gunnerson, shoulder; James H. Hall, died in enemy's hands, Sept. 22; Ira M. Johnson, neck; Oscar Hobbs, head; Walter E. Partridge, head; William McLary, finger; Chas. Sweetland, captured.
Capt. Linas J. Austin, thigh; Lieut. Robert Denning, thigh; Sergt. William Rolla, face; Sam. Saltmarsh, face; Alex. Still, dangerously, and captured; Daniel Kennedy, severely, and captured. Corp. L. B. Dawson, left arm; James Lear, left side; Robert Jordan, leg, slight; Joseph Hebert, slight; Peter Bradt, head and breast; Frank Bradshaw, hip; Isaac Carson, killed; Joseph Vogt, shoulder; George Haltz, killed Lewis Jones, wounded and captured; Charles Landon, wounded and captured. James Meacham, shoulder; Sylvester Meacham, killed; Henry Spelman, elbow; Seth Slyter, hand; Benj. Stevens, killed.
KILLED AND WOUNDED.
COMPANY H. Capt. S H. Wakeman, killed; Lieut. M. A. Smith, killed; Ebenezer Lamb, killed; David Warwick, killed; John C. Wolfe, arm; Day Elmore, lungs; S. Z. Carver, leg; M. W. Goold, back; Charles Dygert, breast; Chas. Irish, arm; John Holderman, head; Harrison Montgomery, lungs, died Sept. 26; Addison M. Throop, head; Cornelius Varness, arm; Henry C. Murray, shoulder; Geo. Jackson, James K. Perkins, captured.
James Scully, killed; Corp. J. Barth, head; M. Manning, face; F. Shoger, finger; F. Schulenberg, hand; F. Witski, mouth; S. Mall, mouth; Fred Miller, captured.
Sergt. David H. Dickenson, leg; Sergt. James C. Hogue, leg; Corp. Peter Barnet, hip; Corp. E. Pratt, leg; James Delany, slight; James H. Hogue, back; William N. Hall, neck; Abram Long, shoulder; Sidney 0. Munger, left leg, amputated; Allen Burroughs, killed; William Adams, Lem Grundy, J. Levereau, Edward Mayberry, Harlow Slate, captured.
HEN the Army of the Cumberland fell back
into Chattanooga, it was with no certainty that it could be held. Gen. Rosecrans expressed his fears to the President, the day after the battle, that he should not be able to hold
his position. This will partly account for the lines of defence which he adopted, and the disposition of his forces. He made no attempt to hold Lookout Mountain, the railroad, or the river below Chattanooga, and was therefore shut out from all direct communication with Bridgeport and Stevenson, our base of supplies. That is to say, he made his disposition to save the army from immediate disaster, by protecting his bridges and presenting strong lines to the enemy, rather than to prepare for resisting a protracted siege.
As soon as we reached Chattanooga on the morning of the 22nd of September, heavy details were made for working in rifle pits. Every hour added immensely to the strength of the position and the courage and determination of the men. The lines selected were admirably adapted to their defensive purpose; extending from Chattanooga Creek at its mouth, near the foot