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[187] to charge was given. ‘At the word,’ said Ross, ‘the Ninth Texas, led by its gallant colonel, D. W. Jones, dashed forward with a shout and was in a moment engaged in a hand-to-hand struggle. The enemy at first had considerably the advantage of numbers, and boldly met the charge. The men of the Ninth Texas, having discharged their guns, and not being provided with sabers or pistols, began to waver, when the charge of General Jackson's escort and the opportune arrival of the Sixth Texas under its brave Lieut.-Col. P. F. Ross, restored confidence and forced the enemy from the field.’ Subsequently Ross' brigade joined in the pursuit under General Wheeler, and at Newnan, when the battle was momentarily going against Wheeler, Ross' Texans, dismounted, made a gallant charge which drove the enemy back. At the same time the Federals by a dash got between Ross and his horses. ‘Without halting to consider, the command to “about face” and move back was promptly given, and as promptly obeyed. The struggle was a desperate one, and only after an hour's hard fighting were our efforts crowned with success, the enemy again repulsed, and our horses recaptured and saved.’ ‘In this affair,’ said General Ross, ‘my men and officers exhibited that coolness and daring which are almost always sure of success.’ His total loss during the expedition was 5 killed and 27 wounded, and 587 prisoners were taken, 2 stands of colors, 2 cannon, etc.

Gen. Joseph Wheeler's report of the campaign frequently mentions the valor of the Texans with him. On May 9th at Dug Gap, the Eighth Texas was successful in a brilliant cavalry charge, and at Varnell's Station ‘the gallant Texas Rangers, Colonel Cook, and the Eighth Confederate, charged most heroically into the enemy's ranks, killing and wounding large numbers, and capturing over 100 prisoners, including a brigade commander and several other officers.’ At Cass' Station, when a large force of the enemy attempted to

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