At Bridgeport, Ala.
, August 27th, the Jackson artillery, under Capt. G. A. Dure
, did brilliant work, Lieutenant Holtzclaw
, as well as the captain, winning the commendatory notice of General Maxey
, the officer in command.
The Third Georgia cavalry, Col. Martin J. Crawford
, accompanied Gen. Joseph Wheeler
campaign, and fought gallantly and suffered severely at Munfordville
; but at New Haven, Ky.
, September 29th, Colonel Crawford
and about 250 of his command were surprised and captured by a detachment of Col. E. M. McCook
's cavalry brigade.
On August 10, 1862, Gen. E. Kirby Smith
ordered Col. Archibald Gracie
, of the Forty-third Alabama, to take a force of infantry and march against a band of east Tennessee Unionists
, who had assembled under Col. William Clift
near Huntsville, Scott county
He was to have the co-operation of 300 cavalry, under Capt. T. M. Nelson
, of Georgia
's force included some companies that had belonged to Ramsey
's First Georgia.
After the expiration of the twelve months for which that regiment had enlisted, it had been mustered out at Augusta
Four of the companies re-enlisted and formed the Twelfth Georgia battalion under Maj. H. D. Capers
On the way to Tennessee
most of the horses were killed in a railroad accident.
Only one company, the Newnan artillery, under Capt. G. M. Hanvey
, was supplied with cannon, and this went into Kentucky
The other three, serving as infantry, marched with Gracie
to Scott county
On August 13th, Gracie
's command stormed and captured Fort Clift, scattering the Tennessee Unionists
in every direction.
They had fired so wildly that no Confederates were seriously hurt.
The scattering of this force gave unmolested passage for the wagon trains of Heth
's division through Big Creek gap
The three companies of the Twelfth Georgia battalion were left in camp at Jacksboro, Tenn.
, to assist in picketing Big Creek gap