When General Reno fell, Gen. Sturges was within a few yards of him. He was in command of the division formerly commanded by Reno, increased by several new regiments, and the men had just distinguished themselves in driving the rebels from the summit of the Blue Ridge. These generals were bosom friends; had been classmates at West point, and graduated together. When Reno fell, Sturges ran to his assistance, had him picked up, and said: “Jesus, are you badly wounded?” To which he replied, “Yes, Sam, I am a dead man.” General Sturges had him placed upon a litter and carried to the rear, where he died in an hour. His last words, before leaving the battle-field were, “Boys, I can be with you no longer in body, but I am with you in spirit.”
Originally posted 2009-03-09 02:10:51.