Correspondence of the Democrat
Washington, Sept. 17, 1862 P.M.
Pomeroy, Esq:- Dear Sir- Gibbon's Brigade has again been in the fight and, as usual, has suffered severely. Wherever the post of danger is those true and tried men are there. Wisconsin has reason to be proud of the achievements of that Brigade - its well earned reputation however is carrying sorrow to many hearts in the Badger State. La Crosse has here to fore suffered lightly but it has to mourn the loss of her brave and daring Capt. Colwell.
Jacob Markle of Mormon Cooley is severely wounded. These are all the casualties in Co. B. Lieut. Woodward of Company B, arrived in the city this morning bringing with him the remains of Capt. Colwell. If possible the body will be embalmed- but should it prove to be too much decomposed it will be disinfected and held here subject to the order of Mrs. Colwell. From Lieut. Woodward I learn that Capt. Colwell was in command of companies B and E, which were sent in advance as skirmishers, and that while bravely leading his men he was struck by a raking shot in the left side which passed into the lower bowels and striking the back bone glanced forward.
He sat down but urged on his men and calling Olin to him requested to be carried to the rear where he soon expired suffering but little pain through expressing much solicitude for his wife. Lieut. Woodward procured a conveyance and as rapidly as the crowded state of the roads would admit made his way to Frederick where he had the body encased in a metallic coffin and brought it from thence to this city. He also has possession of his sword, watch and other private property. The officers of the 2d are unhurt.- Lieut. J. D. Wood, of La Crosse is acting Adjutant.
Yours in haste