--The death of Col. Croghan
, who was killed by Gen. Benham
's command, in the retreat of Floyd
, is no small loss to the rebels.
He was an excellent officer, a noble-looking man, and formerly in the regular service, a graduate of West Point
, and a class-mate of Gen. Benham
He was a son of Gen. Croghan
, the defender of Fort Stephenson
, and was formerly quite wealthy, once owning the Mammoth Cave
On his death-bed he confessed that he had received only what he deserved — that he was wrong — and asked them to pray for him. He refused to allow any medical assistance, probably well aware his time was come.
The meeting and recognition between him and Gen. Benham
was painful to witness.
Said the General
My God, Croghan!
is this you?
“ Yes,” said the dying man; “but for God's sake, Benham
, do not reproach me — I know now I was in the wrong.”
Hearing the cannonading, he remarked:
General, you can do me no good, and you are wanted over there, are you not?