The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men. – Minot J. Savage
Wednesday 17 Sep 1862 Evening
Having witnessed the advanced position of the 8th and the intensity of the fighting, Alonzo and Ariel Case are greatly concerned about the welfare of their younger brother. They find the remnants of the 8th to seek out information on Oliver from the other soldiers of the regiment. The Case brothers find a friend of Oliver in the significantly reduced ranks of the 8th who relates the story of the battle to them. This unknown friend tells Alonzo and Ariel that he witnessed Oliver fall to the ground during the final assault and called out his name, but Oliver did not respond. Major Ward leads the regiment away from the high water point to the safety of the Otto farm without Private Oliver Cromwell Case. The brothers’ hopes are dashed for finding their younger brother alive. Now they can only wait for the opportunity to search for him.
These 17 days in September have ended for Oliver.
Oliver Cromwell Case fell on this ground, September 17, 1862