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‘ [440] The firing was still heard off to the right, and wagons were going and coming, indicating our nearness to the field. Nothing else occurring to suggest a change of the direction given us, we followed the main road. It was a bright moonlight night, and the woodlands on the sides of the broad highways were quite open, so that we could see and be seen. After a time we were challenged by an outlying guard, “Who comes there?” We answered, “Friends.” This answer was not altogether satisfying to the guard, and after a very short parley we asked what troops they were, when the answer gave the number of the brigade and the division. As Southern brigades were called for their commanders more than by their numbers, we concluded that these friends were the enemy. There were, too, some suspicious obstructions across the road in front of us, and altogether the situation did not look inviting. The moon was so bright that it did not seem prudent to turn and ride back under the fire that we knew would be opened on us, so I said loudly, so that the guard could hear, “Let us ride down a little way to find a better crossing.” Riding a few rods brought us under cover and the protection of large trees, sufficiently shading our retreat to enable us to ride quietly to the rear and take the road over which we had seen so many men and vehicles passing while on our first ride.’ At the battle of the Wilderness, Colonel Sorrel, chief of staff, was ordered to conduct three brigades, George T. Anderson's, Mahone's and Wofford's, to a position whence they could march against Hancock's left. On October 31, 1864, he was commissioned brigadier-general and put in charge of a brigade consisting of the Second, Twenty-second, Forty-eighth and Sixty-fourth regiments and Second and Tenth battalions of Georgia infantry in Mahone's division, A. P. Hill's corps. He led this brigade ably, and was considered by General Longstreet one of the best brigadiers of the

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