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[For the Journal]

Company D, 115th Illinois Volunteers — A Band of Illinois Heroes.

Editors Illinois State Journal:

After the recent repulse of the rebels at Alatoona, Hood, with his with his whole army struck the railroad again at Resacca, Ga., and moving northward captured all the garrisons between Resacca and Tunnel Hill. Dalton was garrisoned by about 600 troops under the command of Col. Johnson, U. S. Colored Infantry. This command surrendered without an effort. Three miles from Dalton, and between Dalton and Tunnel Hill, was a block House manned by Company D, 115th Illinois, commanded by Capt. Hymer, of Schuyler county, Illinois. Immediately after the fall of Dalton this company of brave men were attacked by Hood's advance. They fought stubbornly and held the enemy at bay. A flag of truce was sent in, and a surrender demanded, but the brave Captain refused to surrender. The enemy again opened upon him with several 12-pounders, but on failing to reduce the garrison, again sent a flag of truce threatening, at the same time, to open upon the stubborn little garrison with 20-pounders; but the Captain not believing that any such guns were near, still refused to surrender.

The fight again commenced. The 20-pounders were brought up, but not until the blockhouse was almost demolished did this brave band of heroes surrender. The Captain lost five men killed and several wounded. The Captain, his Lieutenant, and the remainder of his men were retained as prisoners of war, and are now in the hands of the enemy.

This company of men was raised in Schuyler county by Captain S. M. Huckster, who died last December of a wound received in the battle of Chickamauga. Captain Samuel Hymer is a Methodist minister, well and favorably known in Schuyler county before he entered the service. He has made himself one of the most efficient officers, and is distinguished for his coolness and bravery.

This little garrison of forty-three men delayed Hood's whole army in its passage through Buzzard Roost Gap, and enabled Sherman to gain several miles in the pursuit. Illinois may well be proud of such men, and while their friends will greatly regret that they are doomed to suffer a while the privation incident to rebel prisons, they will be proud to know that they have won the appellation of heroes.