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[308] Georgia was put in advance of the brigade to support the skirmish line. The skirmishers of the brigade were commanded by Maj. J. V. H. Allen, of the Sixty-third. In the spirited skirmish which occurred, his scabbard was dented and his clothing pierced by minie balls, but he was unhurt. When orders came to retire the brigade to the line of battle, the Sixty-third was nearly surrounded by the enemy. The regiment was skillfully extricated from its perilous position by LieutenantColo-nel Black and the acting adjutant, Lieut. George W. McLaughlin, of Company A (the Oglethorpes of Augusta), and marched in order to the position assigned it in line of battle. Among the killed was Legare Hill, son of Hon. Joshua Hill, of Madison, Ga. Two of his comrades took up the lifeless body, conveyed it to a little abandoned cottage, pinned his name upon his jacket and left him there. Although this was done in full view of the Federal skirmishers, not a shot was fired at the two men until they had rejoined their comrades. The Federals coming up, took the body of young Hill, buried it, and marked the grave by a headboard on which they cut the name which they found pinned to his jacket.

On the 19th a Federal division occupied Rome, capturing a large amount of commissary and quartermaster stores, hospital supplies and ammunition, and the valuable iron works, which were partly destroyed before the town was abandoned by the small Confederate guard; and early next day Howard occupied Kingston.

Sherman had now taken two weeks to advance from Dalton to Cassville, during which the casualties of the Confederate army were 441 killed and 2,943 wounded. The corps which suffered most was Hood's; the division, Cantey's. Sherman says he lost 2,747 at Resaca alone. After leaving Cassville, Johnston encamped his corps not far from the Etowah river and watched for the enemy's next move.

The gallant Wheeler, commanding the cavalry on the

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