Among the casualties the 61st OVI suffered at the Battle of Peachtree Creek on July 20, 1864, were Sergeant Marcus Leiter and Private Joel Frank. Leiter and Frank had both enlisted on the same day, March 27, 1862 in Canton, Ohio and both served in Company E. The Stark County Republican published the following on August 4, 1864:
DEATH OF A VETERAN
We mentioned the fact that Sergeant Marcus F. Leiter was reported mortally wounded. He was wounded about 4 o’clock, P.M. in the battle of Wednesday the 20th and died the same evening. Sergeant Leiter, was about 19 years of age, having been a mere boy when he enlisted the first time, nearly three years since. His regiment, the 61st Ohio, of Hooker’s corps, has seen very hard service, having shared the fortunes of the Army of the Potomac until after the battle of Antietam, and of the Army of the Cumberland from Lookout to Atlanta. In all the varied and desperate fortunes of war, young Leiter acquitted himself nobly and faithfully, until at length, like so many of our noblest and bravest, he has made, in behalf of his country, the extreme sacrifice of his life.
Adjutant Leiter, of the 162d, who started to see what could be done for his brother, as soon as the news came, has arrived home. He met a number of wounded of the 61st, at Chattanooga, who gave him the facts as above stated. There being nothing he could do, there being an order of Gen. Sherman’s prohibiting the disinterment of dead bodies until October, he returned.
A comrade of Sergeant Leiter, named Joel Frank, from near Berlin, was killed while helping him off the field. These facts would seem to corroborate what is claimed, that it was a fierce conflict, and that our success was achieved by extraordinary valor, and at the price of a heavy sacrifice.