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if need be, and prides himself on his horsemanship. Fortunately General Grant is a soldier, and nothing but a soldier, having no aspirations for political preferment.
Congress having by law revived the rank of lieutenant-general, President Lincoln appointed General Grant to that high office, and on the 9th day of March, 1864, commissioned him, in presence of the entire cabinet, General Halleck, and several others: addressing him as follows: "General Grant-in consequence of the nation's appreciation of what you have done, and its reliance upon you for what remains to do in the existing great struggle, you are now presented with this commission, constituting you lieutenant-general in the army of the United States. With this high honor devolves upon you, also, a corresponding responsibility. As the country herein trusts you, so under God it will sustain you. I scarcely need to add that with what I here speak for the nation, goes my own hearty, personal concurrence.” General Grant replied in appropriate terms.
DEATH OF COLONEL J. L. KIRBY SMITH, OF THE 43D I. O. V.
Soon in the battle of the 4th inst. (battle of Corinth, October, 1862), Colonel J. L. Kirby Smith, of the 43d Ohio fell, with a mortal wound. I have not words to describe the qualities of this model soldier, or to express the loss we have sustained in his death. The best testimony I can give to his memory, is the spectacle witnessed by myself in the very moment of battle, of stern, brave men, weeping like children, as the word passed, “Kirby Smith is killed.”—[GENERAL STANLEY'S REPORT--BATTLE OF CORINTH.]
Let tears cease to flow-in vain we deplore him,
The pride of the army; fond lover and son,
The patriot's affection will hallow his name,
The 43d Ohio Regiment was on the left of Fort Robinett, and on the left of the 63d, under the ridge; but when the desperate attempt to storm that redoubt was made by the Rebels, under Texas Rogers, we were brought into action by changing front forward on the first company, which rested on the fort; and this enabled us to pour in a cross fire, which sent the Rebel column staggering to the rear.
The loss of our regiment (the 43d) in the few moments required to execute that movement, attests the hazard of the move, and the steadiness, and dauntless courage of the men who made it. Here, within the space of ten minutes, ninety of our boys were smitten to the earth by a hurricane of lead. Here fell dead several of our best and bravest officers, among the first of whom, was our brave and accomplished Colonel, J. L. Kirby Smith, than whom, no more perfect soldier or heroic man has yielded his life during this bloody war.
* Colonel Smith's father was slain in storming a battery at Molino del Ray, in Mexico.
Colonel J. L. Kirby Smith was a native of New York, and was in the twenty-fifth year of his age when he fell, mortally wounded, by a bullet passing through his jaw, and coming out under his ear. He lingered in great suffering, in a state of consciousness, but unable to speak, until Sunday evening, when he died.
His remains were taken to Ohio for interment, by Lieutenant Colonel Swayne, of the 43d.
He graduated at West Point in 1857, and held a Lieutenant's commission in the regular army upon the breaking out of the rebellion; when he was appointed Colonel of the 43d Ohio Infantry, which he organized at Mount Vernon, and took the field in February, 1862, and served with distinction in General Pope's command, throughout the Island-Number-Ten campaign. As a military man, he had few if any superiors among all the Ohio colonels. His loss to the regiment is irreparable.
Colonel Smith's father, Captain E. Kirby Smith, was killed at the head of his company in Worth's terrible charge at the battle of Molino del Rey, Mexico, shot through the head. Father and son have shared a soldier's fate, both fallen in the fray, battling for the right. The same volley which wounded Colonel Smith, also killed Captain J. M. Spangler, of Company A, and also mortally wounded Adjutant Charles C. Heyl, of Columbus, an intimate friend of the Colonel.
THE HERO OF CORINTH.
PRIVATE ORRIN B. GOULD, of Co. G, 27th Ohio, was the hero of the Battle of Corinth. The following letter to Governor Tod, from Colonel John W. Fuller, commander of Brigade, gives the history of young Gould's heroic conduct. It has been announced that the Governor had promoted him to a captaincy, and though severely wounded, his recovery was not despaired of. Colonel Fuller's letter is as follows:
"Headquarters, 1st Brigade, 2d Division,
Army of the Mississippi.
“Near Ripley, Miss., October 9th, 1862. "To the Governor of Ohio:
“SIR, I have the honor of forwarding to your Excellency, the “Battle-Flag" of the 9th Texas Regiment, which was captured by a private of the 27th Ohio Infantry, at the battle of Corinth, October 4th, 1862.
“The Rebels, in four close columns, were pressing with gallantry, amounting to recklessness, upon the Ohio Brigade, with the evident intention of breaking our lines, when the terrible and incessant fire of our men drove them back in the utmost confusion.
“The 6th Texas bore down upon the left centre of the 27th Ohio, with this flag at the head of their column, and advanced to within six or eight yards of our lines, when Orrin B. Gould, a private of Company G, shot down the color-bearer, and rushed forward for the Rebel flag
"A Rebel officer shouted to his men to save the color,' and at the same moment put a bullet into the
breast of Gould, but the young hero was not to be intimidated. With the flag-staff in his hand, and the bullet in his breast, he returned to his regiment, waving the former defiantly in the faces of the enemy.
“After the battle, when visiting the hospitals, I found young Gould stretched upon a cot, evidently in great pain. Upon seeing me his pale face was instantly radiant with smiles, and pointing to his wound, he said, Colonel, I don't care for this, since I got their flag.'
“I have the honor to be your Excellency's obedient servant,
“JOHN W. FULLER, “Colonel commanding 1st Brigade, 2d Division. “Hon. DAVID TOD,
“Governor of Ohio."
JRON CLAD BREASTWORKS.
WHILE search was being made of the passengers on the central train, one evening in June, 1863, a soldier noticed that a lady's dress appeared more full breasted than it naturally should be; and his quick eye also detected the fact that the artificial contents of the lady's bosom were pressed out against the folds of the dress, so as to make it almost certain that pistols were there.
He was a very polite soldier, and in the most gentlemanly manner approached the lady and said: "Madam, I want those revolvers.” She replied indignantly: “Sir, I am a respectable woman, and have no revolvers.” The soldier again said, very coolly: “Madam, I wish you to give me those revolvers, and pointed to her bosom. She again denied that she had any.