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han it ever has been, or ever will be, for the same length of time, while we are in the service.
This period commences with that melancholy event, the cowardly murder by guerrillas, upon the sixth day of August, of our much-beloved Brig.-General Robert L. McCook.
As a military officer, he was universally and deservedly respected and beloved by his brigade; and by none more so than by the Second Minnesota His murder cast a deep gloom over this regiment; and his death, even to this day, is refreceived a wound, though some of us had narrow escapes, especially from the bursting shells.
In the bloody battle of Perryville, October ninth, on account of our reserved position, we were not ordered up until late in the afternoon.
A part of McCook's corps, after a fierce resistance, were falling back before the enemy.
Our whole brigade were brought up to arrest their progress, and that, too, under a terrific fire from their artillery.
Our battery — Loder's--one of the most powerful in th