SERGEANT JOHN MURKLAND.–

When the gallant Capt. Simonds, of the Fifteenth Massachusetts regiment, fell at the battle of Antietam, Lieut.-Col. Kimball took the dying man’s sword off, and, handing to Serg. Murkland, said: “I want you to take this sword, and lead this company; will you do it?” He answered gallantly, “I will do so–anywhere you may order.” This noble answer, made in the face of death and danger, won for him a Captain’s commission.

Originally posted 2008-09-23 11:59:54.

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