It was further patriotically resolved that ‘Savannah
should never be surrendered, but defended, street by street and house by house, until, if taken, the victor's spoils should be alone a heap of ashes.’
The military history of the West
for 1862 closes with two famous battles, almost simultaneous—one on the Vicksburg
line of defenses, the other between Nashville
At Chickasaw bayou
, a brigade of Georgians, organized in east Tennessee
under Gen. Seth M. Barton
, and thence transferred to Mississippi
to meet the invasions under Grant
, took a conspicuous part in the defeat of Sherman
by the Confederate forces under the command of Gen. Stephen D. Lee
This brigade was composed of the Fortieth regiment, Col. Abda Johnson
; the Forty-second, Col. R. J. Henderson
; the Forty-third, Lieut.-Col. Hiram P. Bell
, and the Fifty-second, Col. C. D. Phillips
The brigade took position at the Indian
mound, covering one of the bayou fords which the enemy attempted to cross in their endeavor to pierce the Confederate
line, and on the 28th of December five companies of the Fortieth fought in the rifle-pits against sharpshooters and artillery throughout the day. On the following day a desperate assault, the main one of the battle, was made upon General Barton
's position at the center, also upon the right, and the repulse of it determined the fate of Sherman
The skirmishers, taken from the Fortieth and Forty-second Georgia, bore the brunt of the attack.
Their comrades, reinforced by Colonel Phillips
' regiment and the Thirty-first Louisiana, fought with equal tenacity.
Five resolute efforts were made to carry the breastworks, which were as often repulsed with heavy loss.
Three times the Federals
succeeded in mounting the parapet, and once made a lodgment and attempted to mine.
, said General