Clipped From The Courier-Journal
FIRED FIRST GUN FOR 0. S. Indiana Sergeant Given the ! Unimn Ow An Ui'.IUm, nuiiui ay hii hi unci y Captain. HISTORY IS SET RIGHT Utriuuya 1 1 .une rctnair.i d in scuritv until now. AI.' Avh nf Snuih Bend, Ind,, a caryeant in Battery C of ? rixth Field Artillery, wilt go down ,:i history 'is the man who sent the first American hot wlian.-inu wlian.-inu wlian.-inu into the- the- Gt,;- Gt,;- m imes on uctouer Credit for that feat nab neen accorded it not her men: her of the same battery, but .Serjeant Arch really started the fireworks aeeordim; to a letter received by the Associuted Press from Capt. Idus 11. McLvrui-in. McLvrui-in. McLvrui-in. commander of Battery C Incidentally Capt McLendon's letter may bo regarded as a valuable historical document, a? it contains the tirst au- au- thentic story of the firing nf the fir.-t fir.-t fir.-t shot tnat informed the K;iiser that Uncle .Sam was on the iob. The General in command of the division of which t';.e Sixth Battery ;s a part considered the 'event of 111011 importance, says Capi. McLendr.n. thai lie mado it the object of special mention in jus record and ai forward forward ordered the capes from tae tirst -i?:ht -i?:ht shells sent to his headquarters for preservation. Later the (,'aptam adds. Or-n. Or-n. Or-n. IVr-shinr; IVr-shinr; IVr-shinr; ordered Serjeant Arch's pin withdrawn withdrawn with tht; intention of setidinu it to the k'nited States as one of the. most bin hly prized relies or the giva t war. The Captain says' "Sergeant Alex Arch of South Bond, 1ml.. pulled the lanyard that sent tins first American shot into the host he lines on the morning of October 11'IT, at live minutes past 0. 1 was present during all the tiring of that morninu. "hi tho cum drill of the Ta tkld piece, the gunner, a corporal, lays tho gun for direction only: cannoneer No. 1 sets off the .-ane .-ane .-ane and at the command :t the chief of section tiles the piece. The Chief of section merclv repeats the command 'fire.' which is otdinarilv given by (he Lieutenant, who acts as battery executive officer. "On this particular mominir Arcti had a special gun ciew made up of the other sergeants who were in command of gun sections 'n the batterv. ail of whom were anixious to have a hand in the job. Arch himself set off the ranee and acted as No. 1. pulling the lanvard at my command fire.' "The ipiestion of who fired this tirsr shot is oot a personal affair at nil. it is something which concerns not onlv thin battery but the Sixth J'ield Artfllerv and the First Field Artillery Bricadc as a whole. The men of this brigade are proud of having been the first to light. And we have not stopped flfi-hling, flfi-hling, flfi-hling, and do nor expect to stop until the last shot ot the war is fired. "Sergeant Arch is still living and at ill fighting the Hun. and his fellow soldiers vho holped hi tiring the tirst shot are still living and fighting, and the nld battery battery is still in the game and crolnir strong." The Captain's object- object- In writing the letter is merely to give credit to the men ti whom all the officers in his batterv agree it is due and at the same timj furnish the people ef the United State with an authoritative account of tno engagement.