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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.15 (search)
. R. Cobb, then organizing his legion on the peninsular. Being a born soldier and with his military training, it was easy for him to infuse into that command, then consisting of six companies of infantry, four of cavalry and the afterwards famous Troup Artillery of Athens, the esprit du corps they were so noted for. The charge at Burkitsville. Although in nearly all the engagements from Yorktown, around Richmond, Manassas and on the march into Maryland, it was at Burkitsville, September 13, 1862, The Cobb Legion, Georgia Cavalry, first asserted its individuality. With nine skeleton companies, reduced by the casualties of months of hard fighting and marching to less than one-fourth we had started with, Young was ordered and led the sabre charge against McClellan's advance guard on that road, hurrying to the relief of Harper's Ferry, hurling back two of their crack regiments, the 8th Illinois and 3d Indiana cavalry, upon the infantry of the Army of the Potomac. The picture c