in the number and quality of her troops in every arm of the service.
The campaign of the spring
affords one of the most remarkable instances on record of a successful defense against tremendous odds and skillful combinations.
's conduct of the campaign excited the wonder of the world, and would have secured his fame if it had nothing else on which to rest.
We will give a sketch of the part played by Georgia
commands in this wonderful campaign, in which Lee
with 64,000 men met and baffled Grant
's 118,000, with all their bounteous resources and desperate efforts.
In the army of Northern Virginia, four of the nine brigades of Longstreet
's corps were Georgians—the brigades of William T. Wofford
, Goode Bryan
, George T. Anderson
and Henry L. Benning
's corps, John B. Gordon
's brigade was a third of Early
's division, and one of the five brigades of Rodes
' division was George Doles
In A. P. Hill
's corps were the brigade of Ambrose R. Wright
's division, and the brigade of Edward L. Thomas
's and Carlton
's Georgia batteries were in the artillery of Longstreet
's corps, commanded by a Georgian, Gen. E. P. Alexander
's battery was with the Second corps, and an entire artillery battalion from Georgia
under Col. A. S. Cutts
was with A. P. Hill
In the cavalry, Georgia
was represented by a brigade under Gen. P. M. B. Young
, containing the Seventh regiment, Col. W. P. White
's legion, Col. G. J. Wright
' legion; Twentieth battalion, Lieut.-Col. J. M. Millen
; and, after July, by one Georgia company with the Jeff Davis
crossed the Rapidan
marched to strike his column in the Wilderness
The battle of that day was desperate, each side holding its ground.
' and Gordon
's brigades were the first to win success, regaining the ground lost upon the first