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The Daily Dispatch: October 22, 1864., [Electronic resource] 3 1 Browse Search
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Captain Madison Marcus. This gallant officer, who was killed on Thursday, the 13th instant, was in command of the heroic defenders of Fort Gilmer when it was attacked by a force of negroes and whites. --His defensive force was composed of five companies of the Fifteenth Georgia regiment and a few stragglers from other commands. He instructed his men to reserve their fire until the enemy were almost upon them; at which time he gave the order, and a more terrible fire from cannon and ringin parapet. They exploded before reaching the bottom of the ditch, and many of the negroes were so mangled by this proceeding as to render their features undistinguishable. Our defence was heroic, and the result all that could be desired. Captain Marcus was a young man, between twenty-five and thirty. He was an Israelite; and although a number of his people who were in the army were granted leave of absence to attend upon the ceremonies of the "Feast of Atonement," which is a season of rele