3d by 5,000 Federals under command of Brig.-Gen. J. J. Reynolds
. Colonel Johnson
, of the Twelfth Georgia, with an advance guard of 100, held the hostile force in check for an hour, giving the remainder of the command time to prepare for defense, and inspiring them to the fight.
Among the memorable incidents of this mountain battle was the heroic conduct of Private J. W. Brown
, of Company F, First Georgia, who, upon hearing the order for the advance guard to fall back, exclaimed, ‘I will give them one more shot before I leave,’ and while ramming down his twenty-ninth cartridge fell dead at his post.
in forming the line of battle the First Georgia held the extreme right, where a flank attack was feared.
Maj. George H. Thompson
commanded the regiment, Colonel Ramsey
having been cut off by the enemy while serving with Johnson
on the advance guard, and LieutenantCol-onel Clark
being on detached duty at Staunton
Next to the First was stationed the Twelfth.
Under the heavy fire of the enemy, who having been repulsed on the left concentrated against the right and center, the Twelfth was ordered to the center, where a small detachment under Lieutenant Dawson
was already posted near the shallow river.
Promptly and with the coolness of veterans, the regiment moved under the enemy's fire, without reply, to a position where it assisted in the repulse of the Federal
, who had expected to destroy the Confederate
force, was compelled to retreat precipitately to his mountain fastness.
Gen. H. R. Jackson
, the commanding general
, received the hearty congratulations of President Davis
and the war department.
In a letter to Secretary Benjamin
acknowledging this appreciative notice, General Jackson
How much needed by this branch of the army, by soldiers as well as by officers, some expression of approval was, can only be known by one personally familiar with the campaign in this part of Virginia, unequaled in its