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 of Georgia Reserves known as Gartrell's brigade, the command of which he held until the close of the war. At Coosawhatchie, S. C., this command did some good fighting against General Hatch, helping to thwart the latter's attempt to intercept General Hardee on his retreat from Savannah. On the last of the four days of fighting at this point General Gartrell was wounded, and sent back to Augusta. At the close of the war he resumed the practice of law at Atlanta. In 1877 he was a member of the constitutional convention of Georgia, in which he bore a very prominent part. No lawyer in Georgia stood higher in general practice, and he hardly had an equal as a criminal advocate. After a life of eminent public service, he died at Atlanta, April 7, 1891.
Brigadier-General Victor J. B. Girardey, a native of Georgia, and residing at Augusta at the formation of the Confederacy, was a very quiet citizen, and not a politician, but his heart was entirely with the South in the great sectional quarrel. He gave himself to the cause of his State, and went with the Third Georgia regiment to Virginia in 1861, and for the greater part of that year was in North Carolina. When Colonel Wright became brigadier-general, he appointed Girardey his adjutant-general with the rank of captain. In the spring of 1862, when the great army was being concentrated at Richmond to attack McClellan and raise the siege of that city, General Wright's brigade formed a part of the gallant host. On the morning of Wednesday, June 25th, a large Federal force advanced against Wright's position at Oak Grove or King's schoolhouse, but was repulsed, and General Wright, in giving his report of the affair, said: ‘I was greatly assisted during the entire day's fight by my assistant adjutant-general, Capt. V. J. B. Girardey, whose coolness, courage and daring intrepidity throughout the hottest of the fight entitle him to receive the warmest commendation of the department.’ Again, in
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