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Colonel Silas C. Toler.

IN CAMP ON COLLEGE HILL.
NASHVILLE, TENN., March 28, 1863.

For the Jonesboro Gazette.]

As the great Author and Dispenser of all things earthly, has in one of those mysterious dispensations of His providence, seen fit to visit upon us a sore affliction, by taking from us by the ruthless hand of death, our brave and noble commander, Col. Silas C. Toler, I cannot suppress my desire to offer this feeble tribute of respect to his cherished memory. Kind and affable in his disposition, genteel and engaging in his manners, of noble and lofty address, and manly deportment, he united in an eminent degree all of those rare attributes which at once constitute the agreeable companion, the devoted friend, and the high-toned gentleman. As a military commander, his fine talents, admirable skill, and indomitable energy challenged the admiration of all with whom he was associated in the service of his country. Thorough and untiring in storing his mind with a complete knowledge and clear understanding of his new calling, devotedly attached to the cause of the nation, he became a rigid disciplinarian, sparing no effort or pains, however tedious, to render his command an efficient and useful subdivision of the great military arm of the government. Among the many gallant heroes who have fallen in defense of our government, yielding up their lives a willing sacrifice on the altar of our common country, none were braver or more deserving the praise and gratitude of the nation. In view of his distinguished services, he had received from parties high in official power, many flattering testimonials of honor, and was on the eve of promotion when he took leave of his command in apparently improved health and spirits. "Verily, in the midst of life we are in death."

Though his remains quietly repose with the dust of his fathers, yet his many virtues and noble qualities will long be cherished in the fondest recollections of both officers and men of his late command, who have so suddenly been called upon to mourn his untimely death, which deprives us of a brave and efficient commander, the country of a gallant and energetic officer, the State of Illinois of one of her most noble and patriotic sons. While our hearts are enveloped in a shadow of gloom, and we pause to drop a tear at the tomb of the lamented dead, we can but feel a profound and earnest sympathy for that grief-stricken wife and mother who in so short a time has consigned to the tomb a kind husband and a darling child. What must be the magnitude of grief that wrings her aching heart? Earnestly would we commend her to the kind care and protection of Him who has promised to be the widow's husband, and who so beautifully said, "Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted." May He dry every tear, and administer to her bleeding bosom the soothing balm of comfort and consolation, in this her day of extreme sorrow and affliction.

CAPT. THOS. J. RHODES.
60th Regiment Illinois Vol.