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[267] The experience of these Georgians was the same as has been briefly related. Their loss—was 187. More than three-fourths of the loss of November 29th was borne by the brigades of Wofford, Bryan and Anderson.

The Georgia cavalry in the department of East Tennessee during these movements acted a gallant part. On November 6th near Rogersville, Tenn., Col. H. L. Giltner, had a successful fight with the enemy, in which he said that the Sixteenth Georgia, under Maj. E. Y. Clark, being ordered to pursue and overhaul the flying enemy, performed that work ‘in the most praiseworthy manner.’ Gen. William T. Martin, in his report of cavalry operations in east Tennessee, says that in a successful fight at Russellville ‘the First and Sixth Georgia and Third Alabama cavalry were conspicuous for gallantry,’ and that ‘Col. C. C. Crews deserves mention for his skill and bravery.’ On the 24th of December a spirited cavalry battle occurred between Dandridge and New Market. Speaking of the Georgia troops, General Martin says:

In the meantime four regiments of Crews' brigade in all 600) moved in the rear of the enemy. Two of the regiments in advance made a spirited charge on the enemy and captured his battery of artillery. Support being too far off, the brave men who made the charge were driven from the guns, and Major Bate, commanding the Sixth Georgia, was left dead in the midst of the battery. Two pieces of artillery and the two remaining regiments of the brigade coming up, and the whole command being dismounted, the enemy was pushed from one position to another until, finally routed, he abandoned one gun and caisson, his dead and wounded, and under cover of night escaped capture. I have never witnessed greater gallantry than was displayed by Colonel Crews and the officers and men of the First, Second, Third and Sixth Georgia cavalry. The Fourth Georgia cavalry was on detached service.

Longstreet's army remained in east Tennessee during the winter of 1863-64, enduring hardships comparable to those of Valley Forge. In the spring he and his corps

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