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[372] on its arrival, Cleburne led it promptly to the place where the line had been broken and held it during the rest of the battle.

The defense of Jonesboro by Hardee for two days against such forces as were hurled upon him, was an achievement of lasting honor to that commander. His chief loss was the capture of Govan and his 600 Arkansas veterans. Says Stan. C. Harvey, who was among the prisoners, in his letter to the Little Rock Gazette:

There was not a brigade that did more effective service in the army. It met every assault successfully, inflicting severe loss on the enemy every time it met them, carrying every point against which we were ordered, never suffered our lines to be broken at any time except at Jonesboro, Ga., September 1, 1864; then our ranks were single, and we were stretched one yard apart, trying to cover the enemy's front. We repulsed the first assault there, but the next assault the enemy successfully carried our works and captured our brigade. The second assault was made in seven columns, with fixed bayonets, guns atrail, and without firing a gun, they ran over us like a drove of Texas beeves, by sheer force of numbers. We killed and wounded a great many of them, but our line was too weak. By special arrangement between General Hood and General Sherman, the brigade was exchanged on the 19th day of September, and we took our place in the division as before. While a prisoner, Col. Samuel G. Smith died, and Lieutenant-Colonel Cameron became colonel of the regiment, Maj. W. F. Douglas, lieutenant-colonel, and Capt. M. M. Duffie, of Company C, major. Neither Colonel Cameron nor Major Duffie served in the field in either capacity, as both had been permanently disabled for active service. We went with General Hood into Tennessee.

Thus it appears that Cleburne did not rest until he got his Arkansas brigade exchanged.

After the evacuation of Atlanta, Cleburne's division was especially desired by Hood, when he selected the troops he should take with him in his famous campaign in Tennessee. It marched under the corps command of

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