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by other regiments, but the number was large. Besides, many feeble fellows just discharged from the hospitals, but unfit for duty, shouldered their muskets and donned their heavy knapsacks, preferring the cruelties of a forced march to the hazards of captivity. The 14th Ohio had the right of the column. Shortly before 8 o'clock it marched solemnly by the camp of the 17th Ohio, its band mournfully playing the dead march — thus expressing the emotions of the troops. It was followed by Standart's and Kenney's batteries, with the baggage trains of each of the foregoing corps. The 17th Ohio fell in their rear, and its sarcastic lads, keenly appreciating the occasion, burst into a satirical paraphrase of their favorite regimental ditty, one strain of which runs somewhat thus: "Old Zollicoffer can't take us, Can't take us, can't take us, On a long summer's day." It was impromptu at the Wildcat fight, so was the song as they retreated: "Old Zollicoffer can't catch us, Can