under Colonel Wilson
, in all about 12,000 men present for duty.
's was subsequently detached.
Thus began the famous career of Walker
In the battle of Champion's Hill, May 16th, the Georgia
brigades of Barton
fought with General Stevenson
, where the combat was hottest.
Barton on the right, Cumming
in the center, and Stephen D. Lee
on the left bore alone for some time the Federal
assaults, and when they were forced to yield ground the battle was lost.
The Georgia regiments engaged were the Fifty-sixth, Col. E. P. Watkins
; Fifty-seventh, Col. William Barkaloo
; Thirty-sixth, Col. Jesse A. Glenn
; Thirty-fourth, Col. J. A. W. Johnson
; Thirty-ninth, Col. J. T. McConnell
—all of Gen. Alfred Cumming
's brigade; the Fortieth, Col. Abda Johnson
; Forty-first, Col. William E. Curtiss
; Forty-second, Col. R. J. Henderson
; Forty-third, Col. Skidmore Harris
, and the Fifty-second, Col. C. D. Phillips
—all of Gen. Seth Barton
These ten Georgia
regiments, with Lee
's four Alabama
regiments, practically fought the battle against what General Stevenson
reported was an army of four divisions, ‘numbering from their own statements, about 25,000 men.’
gallantly repulsed for some time the enemy's assaults, and being pushed back finally rallied on the line of the Fifty-sixth and Fifty-seventh Georgia.
Soon afterward the blow fell upon Barton
, and despite his gallant endeavors he was forced back and cut off from the division.
But he kept up the fight and held a position near Edward's depot until night.
's Georgia battery (the Cherokee artillery) was splendidly served.
It was impossible to save the guns, but the gunners fought to the last.
's brigade lost heavily, 58 killed, 106 wounded and 737 captured. General Barton
reported., Col. Skidmore Harris
among the captured and wounded.
In a report of a later date, General Stevenson
states that Colonel Harris
was killed at the head of his regiment.
Others commended for gallantry were