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 companies, with a battery attached. A few weeks later he resigned this position and became major of the First regiment Georgia volunteers, one of the two which the State first undertook to organize. He assisted in the formation and instruction of this regiment as its acting commander in the absence of its colonel, W. H. T. Walker, and lieutenant-colonel, Chastain, until, reporting for orders to Gen. R. E. Lee, commanding the forces of Virginia, he was commissioned in June, 1861, lieutenant-colonel in the provisional army of the Confederate States, and assigned to the Tenth Georgia regiment, Col. Lafayette McLaws commanding. The latter being speedily advanced to higher duties, Cumming was in command of the regiment on the Yorktown line, and in October was promoted to colonel. The regiment shared the service of Magruder's command in the Seven Days campaign of 1862, fighting mainly at Savage's Station and Malvern Hill, where Colonel Cumming was wounded. During the Maryland campaign he was detached from his regiment and assigned to the command of Wilcox's brigade of Anderson's division. He regretted to part with the Tenth Georgia, a splendid regiment, whose character is well described in his own words: ‘Illustrated on many a subsequent field of carnage, its record growing brighter and ever brighter as its members withered away in the livid flame of battle, it should pass into history with a role equaled by few, surpassed by none. To no one better than their first commander is known the fact that this glorious record is attributable to the innate character of the men, who rushed forth singly, as it were, and at the first trumpet call to war, and as he followed their after career with tears and pride, it was ever a source of keen satisfaction that he had contributed in some part to their soldierly character.’ Colonel Cumming commanded Wilcox's brigade most ably at Sharpsburg, and received a wound which disabled him for several weeks. While convalescent at his home in Georgia he was promoted
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