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Macon, Georgia, May 11, 1861, being the last regiment taken for this short term.
The Sixth Georgia and those following were mustered in for three years or the war. The Clinch Rifles were sent to garrison Pensacola, Florida, where General Braxton Bragg would occasionally come from his headquarters, eight miles away, to drill them.
The ten companies were all from towns, or cities, and nicely uniformed, though each in a different style.
This led Bragg to name them his Pound Cake Regiment.
In July and August, 1862, the Fifth marched from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Bardstown, Kentucky, thence to the eastern part of the State, and down through Cumberland Gap to Knoxville, 800 miles in all. It lost heavily in the battle of Murfreesboro.
At bloody Chickamauga, September 19 and 20, 1863, its killed and wounded were more than 54 per cent. of the regiment—surpassed by few organizations in history.
It suffered again at Missionary Ridge, and in the spring of 1864, when it stood against Sherma