The Twelfth Georgia, Col. Z. T. Conner
, and Twenty-first, Col. J. T. Mercer
, also participated in this movement.
Lieut.-Col. T. B. Scott
, of the Twelfth, was killed while nobly doing his duty, and Lieut. Thomas J. Verdery
, of the Twenty-first, was also among the slain.
But the most famous incident of this battle, as often quoted among the glorious defenses of military history as is the charge at Cemetery hill
among the assaults, was the performance of Cobb
's brigade at Marye's hill.
His heroic command was now composed of the Sixteenth regiment, Col. Goode Bryan
; Eighteenth, Col. W. T. Wofford
; Twenty-fourth, Col. Robert McMillan
's legion, Lieut.-Col. L. J. Glenn
, and Phillips
' legion, Col. W. Phillips
, under the command of Brig.-Gen. Thomas R. R. Cobb
, who had succeeded Gen. Howell Cobb
On the night of December 11th, the brigade had taken its position in the Telegraph
road, a sunken highway at the base of Marye's hill, on the side of which, next the town, was a stone wall, shoulder high, against which the earth was banked, making an almost impregnable defense.
When on the morning of the 13th the Federals
in great masses of troops advanced from the town of Fredericksburg
, they could not see the fatal sunken road, nor know that any Confederate troops were nearer than the summits of the hills.
Marching in double-quick time, the United States troops swarmed up in the field in front of Cobb
's brigade until the space was packed.
The Confederate artillery poured shot and shell into these devoted masses, causing great carnage, but they pressed forward steadily until they came within range of the Georgians behind the stone wall, when a storm of lead was poured into their advancing ranks and they were swept from the field like chaff before the wind.
Another blue line was formed and sent forward to the carnival of death.
It fell back shattered.
Yet another; and when the fourth came, the ground was covered so closely with the dead and