in and around Chattanooga
, 80,822 effectives present for duty.
Gen. Alfred Cumming
's brigade, Stevenson
's division, was distinguished for gallantry in the fight against Sherman
at the tunnel.
After the Federal
skirmishers appeared at the base of the ridge, the Thirty-ninth Georgia, Col. J. T. McConnell
, and Fifty-sixth, Lieut.-Col. J. T. Slaughter
, went down the hill and briskly engaged them.
About the same time Col. J. A. W. Johnson
, of the Thirty-fourth, and Lieutenant-Colonel Wallace
, of the Thirty-sixth, were seriously wounded.
The Thirty-ninth made a second advance to the foot of the hill and burned some buildings which the Federals
The remainder of the service of Cumming
's brigade on the 25th is well described by General Cleburne
, the hero of the fight on the right, about the railroad tunnel near the northern extremity of Missionary ridge
He had on the previous day gallantly held his position, and was now assailed again by the divisions of Jeff. C. Davis
's corps from Vicksburg
, and Howard
's corps from Virginia
, all under command of Sherman
's Texas brigade, supported by part of Govan
's Arkansans and Swett
's and Key
's batteries, were struggling desperately to hold their position, even rolling down heavy stones where artillery was ineffective.
At this point of the fight Colonel McConnell, commanding a Georgia regiment of Cumming's brigade, came up to the threatened point, and moved his regiment forward to where Warfield's men were fighting.
McConnell was shot through the head, and his regiment fell back or was withdrawn.
Brigadier-General Cumming now reported to me with the remainder of his brigade, and was posted in rear of the threatened point.
[A charge being suggested] Brigadier-General Cumming gallantly proposed to lead it with two of his regiments.
I immediately consented, and directed General Cumming to prepare for the charge, and went to the left to see that a simultaneous charge was made on the enemy's right