, ‘behaved with distinguished courage and steadiness throughout.
At this point the enemy did not give up his attack until nightfall.’
On the right, during the attack on General Lee
, a portion of the Federal
line of assault was gallantly repulsed by the Forty-second Georgia and Twenty-eighth Louisiana. General Pemberton
included among the regiments ‘entitled to the highest distinction’ the Fortieth, Forty-second and Fifty-second Georgia regiments.
The loss of the brigade, 15 killed and 39 wounded, was mainly in the Forty-second and Fortieth. General Barton
estimated the Federal
dead in their front at 650.
The punishment of the Federals
was appalling to them, and served to postpone the fall of Vicksburg
for half a year.
In his official report General Barton
mentioned with praise the services of Cols. Abda Johnson
, Lieutenant-Colonel Bell
(wounded), and Maj. Henry C. Kellogg
, of the same regiment, and Capts. T. B. Lyons
of his staff.
In the sanguinary struggle at Murfreesboro
, or Stone
's river, December 31st to January 2d, Gen. John K. Jackson
's brigade, of Breckinridge
's division, which included the Fifth regiment of infantry and the Second Georgia battalion of sharpshooters, was in various parts of the field at different stages of the battle, but experienced all its severe loss in the brief space from noon to three in the afternoon of December 31st, when it was sent by Breckinridge
to join in the assault upon the Federal
twice charged the enemy's strong position, but for the want of support from others, and the smallness of his own numbers, was forced to take the cover of a thick cedar wood.
Both times the men fell back in good order and were reformed in line, until they were ordered to retire from the want of ammunition.
Col. William T. Black
, of the Fifth, fell in the charge about 1 p. m., a minie ball inflicting a wound in the head from which he died at 10 o'clock that night.
Maj. C. P. Daniel