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86. the capture of Fort Donelson. McClernand's division, composed of Oglesby's, Wallace's and McArthur's brigades, suffered terribly. They were composed of the Eighth, Ninth, Eleventh, Eighteenth, Twentieth, Twenty-ninth, Thirtieth, Thirty-first, Forty-fifth, Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Illinois regiments. The Eighth, Eighteenth, Twentieth and Thirty-first Illinois regiments occupied a position above the Fort. The four Illinois regiments held their ground full three hours. Nearly one third had been killed and wounded. Yet the balance stood firm. O gales that dash th‘ Atlantic's swell Along our rocky shores! Whose thunders diapason well New-England's glad hurrahs-- Bear to the prairies of the West The echoes of our joy, The prayer that springs in every breast: “God bless thee--Illinois!” Oh! awful hours, when grape and shell Tore through th' unflinching line; “Stand firm, remove the men who fell, Close up and wait the sign.” It came at last, “Now la