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[180] Missionary Ridge, and right nobly did they sustain the honor of the Texas soldier. In the battle of November 25th, the commands of Colonels Mills and Granbury and Maj. W. A. Taylor (succeeding Colonel Wilkes) were posted north of the tunnel, with Douglas' battery, under Lieut. John H. Bingham, in position to enfilade an attacking line. Here they were attacked next morning by portions of four divisions under General Sherman. The enemy made a brave charge on Sweet's battery on the top of Tunnel hill, but were repulsed by a countercharge of Mills' regiment and part of the Seventh. In this charge both General Smith and Colonel Mills were severely wounded at the head of their troops, and Colonel Granbury took command of the brigade. In less than half an hour another desperate assault was made, but was repulsed by the Texas artillery and infantry. Swett's battery suffered so severely that Colonel Granbury was forced to make a detail from the infantry to man the guns. Now some other troops were brought up to support the battery on Tunnel hill. At 1 p. m. a still more determined assault was made. Tier after tier of the enemy, to the foot of the hill and in the valley beyond, concentrated their fire until, General Cleburne reported, ‘there seemed to be a continuous sheet of hissing, flying lead.’ Cumming's Georgians came up, and Maney's brigade was put in support of the Texans. Finally Cumming made a charge down the hill and Lieutenant-Colonel Sanders led the left of Mills' Texans against the Federal flank. ‘The enemy, completely surprised, fled down the hill, the Texas troops on the left pursuing him beyond the foot and nearly across the open ground in front,’ said Cleburne. He adds: ‘It is but justice for me to say that the brunt of this long day's fight was borne by Smith's Texas brigade,’ and part of Govan's. ‘Out of the eight stand of colors shown by me to have been captured, four were presented to me by Mills' Texas regiment.’ The Texans held their line in that disastrous battle, and before them fell one Federal

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