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of the Blue Ridge, did not rejoin the army until the third of July. Report of Brigadier-General R. L. Gibson of Operations in Vicinity of Nashville.
[From the original Ms. signed in General Gibson's autograph.]
Headquarters Gibson's brigade, near Tupelo, Miss., January 11th, 1865. Capt. J. M. Macon, A. A. G.:
Captain: I have the honor, in compliance with orders from Division Headquarters, to submit the following report of operations before Nashville and along the line of our march to Columbia:
About two o'clock on the 15th December I was directed by Lieutenant-General Lee to move my brigade to the extreme left of his corps, and to deploy it in one rank so as to cover as much space as possible.
A little while before sunset the troops in line at right angles to the line in which I was posted — a line extending along the left flank of the army-gave way, and soon those immediately upon my left fell back, the whole moving rapidly in some confusion to the rear.
The enemy advance