Just before the battle of Chickamauga, our brigade was taken out of General Cleburne's division and placed with General Walthall's brigade of Mississippians in a subdivision, commanded by Brigadier-General Liddell of Louisiana, who had been placed in command of our brigade at Tupelo, Miss. After the battle our brigade returned to and remained with General Cleburne's division, where we belonged. Our loss in men and officers in the battle of Chickamauga was fearful. Some of our companies had to be commanded by non-commissioned officers after the battle. I cannot enumerate the many who were killed and wounded. After our color-bearer and color-guard all fell, Private George W. Williamson, of Company H, carried the flag. From Chickamauga battlefield we went to Chattanooga, and in the battle of Missionary Ridge our brigade occupied the extreme right where General Sherman made so many desperate assaults and was as many times repulsed with great slaughter. We were very much surprised after dark when we were ordered to retreat. We did not know the result on our left until we marched down from the ridge and found everything in confusion. Our division covered the retreat to Ringgold Gap, where we turned upon the Federal advance, flushed with its victory at Missionary Ridge, and gave it such a whipping that the enemy never advanced a mile beyond that place. We continued to retreat, in order, to Tunnel Hill, the next station, where we went into winter quarters and remained there unmolested until the Dalton campaign opened, except when we were sent to meet Sherman in March, 1864, when he started east from Vicksburg. We went as far as West Point, Ga., when we were ordered to return to Dalton to meet a contemplated attack by General Thomas. During the winter of 1863 and 1864 Col. D. C. Govan, of the Second Arkansas regiment, was promoted to brigadier-general, and he commanded our brigade to the close of the war.Gen. Joseph E. Johnston assumed command of the army of Tennessee at Dalton in December, 1863, and commenced the reorganization and recruiting of his
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