from Colonel Wilson of his regiment thus announced his death:—
He fell in a battle in which we were engaged with the Sioux Indians, at a place called White Stone Hill. The battle occurred on the 3d of this month.Fuller intelligence was afterwards received. Major Ten Broeck writes:—
It was in the first of the month of August that we commenced our march up from Fort Pierre. I was with your son every day, and he was happy and cheerful. He was away on several scouts, —one, only a few days before the fight. The day of September 3d I was talking and laughing with him when the call was sounded “To horse,” and then every one was too busy to see what others were doing. I did not see him again till he was brought into camp, wounded. I inquired about him earlier, and learned that he was seen several times on the field, actively engaged driving in the Indians. When the first heavy firing was received, he disappeared, and I can find no one who saw him until morning. When I saw him he was too exhausted to talk, and I got him to rest, and left him, as I supposed, sleeping. In half an hour the Colonel sent for me, saying Leavitt wished to see me. I went, but found him too weak to speak; he took my hand and gave me a look that spoke more than words. It was his last good-by. Sad indeed was that hour,—our first fight, and the pride and flower of the regiment gone. The tent was filled with friends who but a few hours before had shared his danger, and seen man after man fall by his side without emotion; but now not an eye was dry, for one who was dear to all was leaving us forever. He passed away without pain or struggle, as quietly as if falling asleep. He lies buried in a pleasant spot on the bank of the river, under a large oak-tree, fifteen miles above Fort Pierre.Another friend, writing after his death, says:—
During the whole of our fatiguing march, suffering from many hardships and exposures, Lieutenant Leavitt bore all with such uniform good spirits, and evinced such manly bearing, as to win the love and esteem of the whole regiment. He was especially noticed by General Sully, as well as by the Colonel of our regiment, and recognized on all occasions as a prompt, efficient, and accomplished officer.