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[228] at Richmond, Ky., and Col. T. H. McCray, who in that battle commanded the brigade, said in his report that ‘Col. M. D. Ector particularly distinguished himself, being in the front of battle and cheering on his men.’ He was promoted to brigadier-general, his commission dating back to August 23, 1862. At the battle of Murfreesboro he commanded a brigade in McCown's division. General Hardee, after describing the brilliant charge by which the whole Federal right wing was driven back several miles, says that ‘Ector and Harper, though enfiladed by a battery, forced their way through a cedar brake, in which the enemy was posted.’ At the battle of Chickamauga General Ector shared with other commanders in the following compliment bestowed by the heroic Gen. Wm. H. T. Walker: ‘I have only to say that the brigadier-generals fought with a gallantry that entitle them to division commands, and the colonels commanding brigades, with an obstinacy and courage that entitle them to the rank of brigadier-generals.’ It is not necessary to go into all the details of the battles in which General Ector acted a gallant part. A few days after the battle of Chickamauga he was sent with his brigade to Mississippi, where he remained until the following spring. He was back again in time for the Atlanta campaign, and under both Johnston and Hood, he and his command maintained the fine reputation which they had won on other fields. During the battles around Atlanta he lost a leg. To the end of his military career General Ector was faithful and valiant in the performance of every duty. When the long struggle ended, he and his brigade had earned an honorable name for duty well performed on every field, whether in Tennessee or Georgia. He participated in the defense of Mobile in the last days of the war. After peace had been restored he returned to his home in Texas.

Brigadier-General Richard M. Gano

Brigadier-General Richard M. Gano entered the Confederate army in 1861, commanding a squadron consisting

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