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‘ [186] left leg about midway the thigh. A piece of the same shell inflicted upon the gallant Captain Ward a mortal wound.’ Colonel Young then assumed command. The latter took occasion to pay tribute to the gallantry and sterling worth of General Ector. ‘During most of the campaign, having but a single staff officer, he had borne upon his own shoulders to an unusual degree the burden of the management of the brigade. Yet, though often feeble, by his patriotic zeal, his tireless energy, his undaunted bravery, he was able to perform every task imposed with promptness, and to conduct his brigade through every contest and trial with great credit and honor.’ During the remainder of the siege the brigade served in the intrenchments. On August 5th they drove the enemy's skirmish line from their front, a gallant action in which Major Redwine was wounded. Along the line the firing was incessant and so severe that all the timber of moderate size between the lines was killed. In one small field in front of French's division ‘the expended balls covered the ground like hail.’ On August 27th a reconnoissance was made by Ector's and Sears' brigade, with the Fourteenth Texas on the skirmish line, and a spirited action resulted. On the night of September 1st the brigade led the advance toward Lovejoy's Station, the city being evacuated. General Young recorded the following names of ‘officers of the brigade who laid down their lives while nobly battling in freedom's behalf during this eventful campaign: Lieuts. J. B. Carty and J. B. Ferrell, Ninth Texas infantry; Lieut. L. Deboard, Thirty-second cavalry.’

Ross' cavalry brigade served on one wing of the army with W. H. Jackson, Harrison on the other with Wheeler, but both participated in the defeat of the Federal cavalry raid against the southern railroad communications of Atlanta, in the latter part of July. General Ross came up with the Federal cavalry near Lovejoy's Station, and without waiting to form, the order

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