History of the Twentieth Tennessee Regiment Volunteer Infantry, C.S.A
gallant State, and then ourselves. . . . Tennessee feels, and has ever
felt toward Kentucky as a twin sister; their people are as one
in kindred, sympathy, valor, and patriotism We have felt,
and still feel, a religious respect for Kentucky s neutrality
We will respect it as long as our safety will permit If the
Federal force will now withdraw from their menacing position,
the force under my command shall immediately be withdrawn. & quot;
General Zollicoffer also issued a proclamation which he caused
to be distributed over the country, announcing that he came there
to defend the soil of a sister State against an invading foe, and
that no citizen of Kentucky was to be molested in person or
property, whatever his political opinions, unless found in arms
against the Confederate government, or giving aid and comfort
to the enemy.
The incidents of his life leading up to its sad and lamentable
termination are brought out in Part III, Regimental History, of
this volume.
One of the most exquisite little poems, called forth by the
tragedies of these four years of war, was written by the gifted
Henry Flash, to commemorate the death of General Zollicoffer.
It is as follows :
First in the fight, and first in the arms
Of the white-winged angel of glory,
With the heart of the South at the feet of God,
And his wounds to tell the story.
For the blood that flowed from his hero heart
On the spot where he nobly perished,
Was drank by the earth as a sacrament
In the holy cause he cherished.
In heaven a home with the brave and blest,
And for his soul s sustaining
The apocalyptic smile of Christ
And nothing on earth remaining,