at the battles of Stone
's river in front of Murfreesboro
in December, 1862, and January, 1863, conducting himself in such a way as to win the thanks of his commander, who says in his report: ‘I cannot close without expressing my obligations to the gentlemen of my staff.
This is no formal acknowledgment.
I can never forget that during all the operations they were ever prompt and cheerful by night and day in conveying orders, conducting to their positions regiments and brigades, rallying troops on the field, and, indeed, in the discharge of every duty.
It gives me pleasure to name Colonel O'Hara
Several others are specially mentioned by General Breckinridge
At the close of the war Colonel O'Hara
returned to Alabama
, and for a time engaged in business, in which he seems to have been successful but a fire swept away his accumulations.
He kept up bravely against adversities, but did not again get much of a start.
He died near Guerryton, Bullock county, Ala.
, June 6, 1867.
In 1872 his remains were removed to Frankfort, Ky.
, in accordance with a reso tion of the Kentucky
State Legislature, and now repose near the remains of those in whose honor he wrote ‘The Bivouac of the Dead
A monument has been erected over his grave, on which is inscribed the first stanza of that celebrated poem.
He is held in kind remembrance by the people of his native State, who are justly proud of him, not only on account of his integrity as a soldier, but on account of the lasting fame of his matchless verses.
He was a true and faithful man, sincere and just in every respect.—General Albert G
. Brackett, U S. A., in Louisville Courier-Journal, August, 1891