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Colonel Jeffords Of The Fourth

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Day
17
Month
July
Year
1863
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Public Domain
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The N. Y. papers contain the particulars of the di'ath of Colonel Harrison H. Jeffords, of the Fourth Michigan Infantry. The n.anner cf his deatii, as related by the correspondent, is a sufficient culogy upon his charaeter : " It was from a bayonct thrust that Col Juffords feil. It was in the thiokcst of the fight. A rebel officer had seized the regime üt al eolors. Colonêl Jeffords shot the rebel offieer with his revolver, took the eolors in hia own hand, rearud them aloft and cned out, ' Rally rouud the flag boys.' A rebel bayonet piereod his vitáis, and he feil dead, his hand still clutching the flagstaff." Col. Jeffords was one of tha youngest men of his rank in the service. He was ft resident of Dexter, Washtenaw countv, where his parents still reside. lio had clvosen the p-ofssion of the law, and had just graduated at the law school of the University in 1861, when the war broke out. Kis patriotisin was thoroughly aroused, and he gave up the prospects of a fino opening in his profession to enter the service of his country. Ho entered a company which was recruitcd at Dexter for the Fourth lufantry, as First Lieuttnant of Company K. Upon the resignation of Captain Cra-ne he was promoted to the Captaincy. The regiment left the State on the 25th of Juno, 1S61. It formed a part of McClellan's peninsular army, was engagcd at New Bridge, Mezhauicsville, Gaines' Mills and Malveru Ilills, where it lost ita gallant Colonel Woodbury. At Sharpsburg Ford it forded the Potomac in the face of the encnry, killed and drove the tnen from the guns and captured a battery. At ÏVedericksburg it was hotly engaged and suü'ered severely. During all th-is time Captain Jeffords had never j been absent from tho regiment a single day, either from sickness or on furlough, ' and in the many floree engagements he had conductcd himself in a manner to win the highest praise from his comrades. In December last he carne home on a brief furlough, and the Governor, having heard of his conduct, appointed him to the Colonelcy of the regiment, which had been made vacant by the resignation of Colonel Childs. The appointment was unsouglit by hira, and was entirely uucxpeeted. Such modest worth is peculiarly pleasant to contémplate ia these times, and should be sought out and rewarded more generously. Immediately upon his appointment, he returned to hia regiment, and has been with it ever sinee. The regiment fought nobly at Ghaneollorsville, and how well it fouglit at Gettysburg may be gathered from the brief extract above. Colonel Jeffords was a man who believed that a soldier's place is in the fiuld. He entered the servico from the highest motives of patriotism, and in the same brave

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