influence and your aid are invoked.
The crisis in our affairs is fast approaching.
“expects every man to do his duty.”
Fly to arms and trust to God to defend the right!’
The response to his call was very creditable to the patriotism of the State
Not only 8,000,but 18,000 men offered themselves for this service.
The command of this force was conferred upon Howell Cobb
, promoted to major-general with headquarters at Atlanta
, and under him were Brig.-Gens. Alfred Iverson, Jr.
, with headquarters at Rome
, and Henry R. Jackson
Maj.-Gen. Gustavus W. Smith
, who had resigned from the Confederate army, entered the service of the State
with especial charge, at this time, of fortifications.
At the close of the year 1863, according to the statement published by authority of the government at Richmond
had lost a greater number of soldiers than any other State of the Confederacy
The list as published is: Georgia
, 9,504; Alabama
, 8,987; North Carolina
, 8,361; Texas
, 6,377; Virginia
, 5,943; Mississippi
, 6,367; South Carolina
, 4,511; Louisiana
, 3,039; Tennessee
, 2,849; Arkansas
, 1,948; Florida
During the fall of this year the fortification of Atlanta
was begun, under the direction of Col. M. H. Wright