The Unknown Hero

 
The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
March 4, 1897, Page 1
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The Unknown Hero.
Who Fills the Lone Soldier’s Grave at Allatoona.
A Confederate Lieutenant,
Thomas M. Kellogg, of Kaukauna, Wis., Writes in Regard to the Grave at Allatoona.

Renewed interest has been aroused in the “Lone Soldier’s Grave” at Allatoona, by recent publications in regard to the identity of the unknown hero, notably among which was a letter from Hiram P. Bush, of the 29 th Alabama published in the Atlanta Journal, and which the Marietta Journal misinterprets as identifying the lone grave as that of his brother Columbus Franklin Bush.

The Courant American has been furnished the following, which, while it does not give the name, identifies the grave as that of a confederate lieutenant, to wit:

“The Lone Soldier’s Grave at Allatoona, Ga., situated at the north end of Allatoona Pass close to the west side of the track of the W. & A. railroad contains a confederate lieutenant. He was aide decamp on Gen. Joe Johnson’s staff. He was killed on the 25 th of May 1864, late in the afternoon, while carrying dispatches from one wing of the confederate army to the other. At this time the left wing of the confederate army was concentrated about New Hope church, and the line of defense at Kennesaw was taking shape. He was a very fine looking young man, about twenty five years of age, nicely dressed in the uniform of a lieutenant, and was alone so as known. He accidentally met some of the 1 st division of the 20 th corps of Gen. Williams’ division, then in the advance of that part of the union army along the railroad. He would not surrender but took the chances of escape amid a shower of bullets. He was buried where he fell near the track where the grave was quickly dug in the loose gravel. He gave evidence of being a very brave soldier. This was long before the fall of Atlanta and of course before the memorable battle of Allatoona, when the confederate forces under Gen. French attempted the capture of the union garrison under Gen. Corse in October.”

Theodore M. Kellogg,

Kaukauna, Wis.

The author of the above is a brother of Mr. D. D. Kellogg, late a citizen of Marietta, and both are well and favorably known in that as well as in this community, and it cannot be doubted that he makes his statement upon what he is prepared to offer as unimpeachable testimony.

 

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