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 Georgia militia. When the war of 1861-65 began, he entered the service of the Confederate States as captain in the Sixteenth regiment Georgia infantry, of which he was commissioned colonel in February, 1862. The regiment was assigned to the brigade of Gen. Howell Cobb, of Magruder's division, with which it participated in the Seven Days battles around Richmond. Bryan commanded his regiment in the battles of the Maryland campaign and at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. At the latter battle the gallant General Semmes lost his life, and Colonel Bryan was commissioned brigadier-general, and given command of a brigade composed of his regiment, which had belonged to Wofford's brigade, and the Tenth, Fiftieth, Fifty-first and Fifty-third Georgia, formerly of Semmes' brigade. When Longstreet came west in September, 1863, Bryan's brigade formed part of the force he brought, but the train which bore this brigade reached Chickamauga too late to share in the battle. They were with Longstreet, however, in his siege of Knoxville, and shared in the desperate and unsuccessful attack upon Fort Saunders. Going to Virginia in the spring of 1864, Bryan led his brigade through the battles of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, and in the operations before Richmond and Petersburg until September 20, 1864, when he resigned on account of failing health. After the war he returned to Georgia and engaged in various honorable occupations until his death at Augusta.
Major-General Howell Cobb, a distinguished son of Georgia, was born at Cherry Hill, Jefferson county, September 7, 1815. His father, Col. John A. Cobb, was from Greenville, N. C., and his mother was Sarah Rootes, of Fredericksburg, Va. Howell Cobb was graduated at the university of Georgia in 1834, and in 1836 was admitted to the bar. He began at the same time a career of great distinction in politics, as an elector on the
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