peculiar hardships, in the asperities of country and climate which have been encountered, in sickness and suffering, in disappointed hopes and untoward results, fate seeming at times to have decreed a terrible antithesis —the misery and obscurity here, the sympathy and the glory elsewhere.
As you must be aware, this command is mainly composed of the wrecks of General Garnett's army, and the annals of warfare might be searched in vain to find a more pitiable picture of suffering, destitution and demoralization than they presented at the close of their memorable retreat.
In November General Jackson
was tendered the command of a brigade in a contemplated division of Georgians, to be commanded by Gen. E. Kirby Smith
in the army of Northern Virginia, then called the army of the Potomac; but this organization was not completed, and as will be subsequently noted, Jackson
felt that his duty was in another field.
Early in December Loring
's forces were withdrawn from West Virginia
and sent to Stonewall Jackson
With them went the First Georgia.
succeeded to command of the Monterey
line, and in December occupied Camp Alleghany, holding the mountain pass.
There, with about 1,200 effective men, including the Twelfth Georgia under Lieut.-Col. Z. T. Conner
, he brilliantly repelled an assault made by 1,750 Federals under command of General Milroy
, December 13th.
's right being fiercely assailed, he sent to that part of the field five companies of the Twelfth Georgia, Hawkins
's and Patterson
's, under Lieut. U. E. Moore
says in his report:
Gallantly did the Georgians move up, and taking position on the right, receive a terrible fire from the enemy.
By this time the extreme right had been forced back, but seeing the Georgians, who came up with a shout, they joined them, and moved upon the enemy, who taking advantage of some fallen trees, brush and timber, poured upon them a terrific fire. . . . I cannot speak in