into the interior works of the enemy.
After the death of Cleburne
, who was succeeded temporarily by Gen. James A. Smith
, Col. C. H. Olmstead
took command of the brigade of that officer (formerly Mercer
's). When the army moved from Florence
's brigade was detached and left behind for the purpose of guarding a supply train.
It did not rejoin the army until December 6th, in front of Nashville
Following the battle of Franklin
's division was with Forrest
in the investment of Murfreesboro
In the battle at that place, December 7th, Tyler
's and Jackson
's brigades won the Confederate
honors of the day, driving back in gallant style that part of the enemy's line which confronted them.
, Twenty-ninth Georgia, died gallantly at his post of duty.
, December 15th and 16th, the Thirty-seventh Georgia, Tyler
's brigade, fought with conspicuous gallantry, holding the extreme left of Bate
's line defending the Granny White pike
until most of the command had fallen.
‘The breach once made,’ says General Bate
, ‘the lines lifted from either side as far as I could see almost instantly and fled in confusion.
Two regiments, the Twenty-ninth and Thirtieth Georgia, then my extreme right, commanded by Colonel Mitchell
's brigade, did not break, but remained fighting until surrounded.’
was among the captured.
's brigade, at Murfreesboro
during the Nashville
catastrophe, marched to Columbia
, the barefooted and ill-clad men suffering terribly in the intense cold, and during the subsequent retreat fought in the rear guard.
Their successful charge upon the enemy's advance near Pulaski
on Christmas day, is remembered as an example of heroic devotion.
The whole Confederate rear guard was engaged in that charge, and captured a number of cavalry horses and one cannon, a 12-pounder Napoleon
The conduct of the Confederate
rear guard under Forrest
excited the admiration of the