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16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Where was the regiment on
Friday, September 19, 1862

On this day, after a rapid march of two days over the Harlan and then Kentucky Roads, General Morgan and the rest of the troops who had proudly occupied Cumberland Gap for three months, arrived in Manchester, Kentucky, joining the 16th Ohio and DeCourcey's brigade in camp.

Pvt. Newt Gorsuch of Company B mentions that the forces were coming in. He also makes note that Pvt. John F. McClelland was left (behind). Pvt. McClelland, also of Company B, through his letters to his wife and from his friend, Josiah Martin, we learn that John became very sick during August and early September and was too sick to evacuate the Gap with the rest of the Division. He, and others too sick to travel, were left behind in hopes the Confederate doctors would be able to care for them. John McClelland, however, died on September 20, the Confederates unable to save him. There is little doubt Pvt. Gorsuch knew John and, having specifically mentioned him in his diary, was probably a good friend. It is unknown how long after the Division left Cumberland Gap that Gorsuch would learn of his companion's death. The burial place of John McClelland is not known as he was probably laid to rest somewhere near the Gap in an unmarked or poorly marked grave.

* Information and quotations from Civil War Diaries and Selected Letters of Robert Newton Gorsuch, recently published in book form by Newt Gorsuch's great grandson, Everett Gorsuch Smith, Jr. The book is available for purchase from various Internet sources.

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