line of attack, advanced to close quarters with the enemy and suffered severely, Lawton
's loss being very heavy.
was wounded and General Lawton
took command of the division.
On the following day Lawton
formed his division in a line perpendicular to the railroad track, facing Groveton
In the afternoon, considerably weakened in consequence of Early
's brigade and the Thirteenth Georgia having been sent to the relief of the brigades of Thomas
was vigorously attacked, but he held the railroad and drove back the enemy.
being wounded, Capt. William F. Brown
, of the Twelfth Georgia, the ranking officer present, took command of his brigade.
In the battle of the 30th the Georgians of Lawton
's division were in the heat of the fight, and contributed in large degree to the glorious victory.
Gen. E. L. Thomas
' brigade repulsed the repeated attacks of the enemy, and Col. R. W. Folsom
, Fourteenth, Lieut.-Col. S. M. Manning
, Forty-ninth, and Maj. W. L. Grice
, Forty-fifth, commanded their regiments with skill and gallantry.
's corps began its distinctive career in history as it came through Thoroughfare gap to participate in the final fighting of this campaign.
brought up to Manassas plains the divisions of R. H. Anderson
, D. R. Jones
, C. M. Wilcox
, John B. Hood
and J. L. Kemper
's Georgia brigade; with Hood
the Eighteenth regiment, in Hood
D. R. Jones
' division was almost entirely Georgian, including the brigades of Toombs
and G. T. Anderson
, and Drayton
's brigade, in which were the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Georgia.
was fighting near Groveton
on the 28th, Colonel Anderson
reached Thoroughfare gap, and the Eighth Georgia, which he sent forward under Col. Benjamin Peck
, was the first to pass through.
Directly afterward it was assailed by a brigade of the enemy, who slowly forced the Georgia
regiment back until it was reinforced by the First