June 17, 1862
Lt. Hooker of the company of the 4th Kentucky Cav. Reg. to which the deceased John Collins from here belonged, writes in reference to his death.
The young Collins received permission to set out with a detachment of 40 men on a patrol. It went to McMinnville, where they took 8 to 10 persons prisoner. On their return they pitched camp around 11 o’clock at night and stayed in it until breakfast. While they ate, a superior number of Rebels approached and asked them to surrender; Collins did not want to surrender, pulled his revolver and fired six shots, after he saw all was in vain, he threw his weapon down and asked for pardon; the answer was a deadly shot from a cavalryman, who rode within ten paces of him. Lt. Hooker remarks that only two men from the company were killed and not eight, as reported.
The Louisville Anzeiger, a German American newspaper, and translated into English by Joseph R. Reinhart.
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