from this point moved by easier marches to Monterey
in Highland county
On the day of the combat at Carrick's ford, the larger part of six companies of the First Georgia regiment, under Major Thompson
, became separated from the main body of the army.
Concealed behind the thick mountain undergrowth, they watched the army of General Morris
march by, and then started over the pathless mountains to escape to the southeast if possible.
After wandering about for three days without food, trying to appease their hunger by chewing the inner bark of the laurel trees, they were rescued by a Virginia mountaineer named Parsons
He took them to his own farm where, with the assistance of his neighbors, he killed several beeves and fed the starving Georgians
With well-filled haversacks they resumed their march under the guidance of Parsons
, who led them safely to the Confederate
camp at Monterey
, where they received a joyous greeting from their comrades, who had thought them captured.
The greater part of the missing referred to by Colonel Ramsey
in his dispatch from Petersburg, W. Va.
, when he reported hundreds of them captured, had now come in with their arms and under their officers.
news of the glorious victory at Manassas
revived the hopes of the despondent troops and gave them courage for any new enterprise that might be required.
Having been informed that McDowell
was on the march to attack Beauregard
, Gen. J. E. Johnston
, leaving part of his force to watch and impede the progress of Patterson
in the Shenandoah valley, skillfully eluded the Federal
commander and led 8,000 men to Manassas
himself, with Bee
's brigade, joined Beauregard
on the morning of July 20th.
's brigade also came up and was placed in position.
Col. Francis Bartow
with two regiments of his brigade, the Seventh Georgia under Col. Lucius J. Gartrell
, and the Eighth under Lieut.-Col. William