Troy Times

November 4, 1863

FRENCH, CAPTAIN MILTON A. - A Brave Soldier Has Fallen - Captain Milton A. French, of the 22d Regt. Ill., V. I., a native of Miami County, Ohio, and son of Mr. Simeon French, died on the 27th day of September last in hospital near Chattanooga, of wounds received on the 19th, at the battle of Chicamauga. Captain French, loved his Country, and at the first call of the President for volunteers, he laid aside his peaceful pursuits, clad himself in the national uniform, and went forth to fight the battles of his country, and to defend the banner of beauty and glory. He led his company in the battle of Belmont, was engaged in the battle before Ft. Donalson, at Pittsburgh Landing, at Perryville, at Stone River, and finally at the battle of Chicamauga Creek, he sealed his devotion to his county in his heart's blood. When Capt. French fell, he was leading a charge upon the enemy, receiving two balls the one passing through the bowels, the other thro the groin. Afterwards he was borne to a field hospital, which fell into the hands of the enemy, with whom he remained until his death. His body has not been recovered. At the battle of Stone River in December last, he received two wounds, one ball entered the thigh, giving him a severe and dangerous wound, and a spent ball struck his knee, rendering it somewhat stiff for the remainder of his life. At that battle as well as at the last, after receiving his wounds, he fell into the hands of the enemy, and was retained five days without food, except one biscuit neither were his wounds dressed in all this time. At the end of five days he was paroled and sent to our lines. In this field seven balls entered his clothing, besides the two that took effect on his body. After being paroled, he had an attack of fever, which brought him near his grave. For weeks his life was despaired of, but yet he was spared, spared for other deeds of valor, but not spared to enjoy the peace, and liberty, and union for which he so bravely fought, so fearlessly paid down his life. Of his last hours, the writer knows nothing. But, he does know, that he was a honest, sober, and industrious citizen, a valiant soldier and a trusty friend. Captain French has many friends and relatives in this county, who mourn that one so brave and so heroic could not be spared to them and to his country, in this time of trial and darkness. Let us emulate his virtues and by his example may be be stirred up to greater diligence in the work for our country. S. Troy, Nov. 4th 1863 

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