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[236] when Longstreet returned to Virginia in the spring of 1864, Gregg went with him in command of Hood's old brigade, embracing the First, Fourth and Fifth Texas and Third Arkansas regiments. On the second day of the battle of the Wilderness, when Longstreet's corps checked the victorious onset of the Federals, General Gregg and his Texans won immortal fame. He took an active part in the great struggle thus inaugurated, from the Rapidan to the James, and served in the defense of the Richmond and Petersburg lines until October 7, 1864, when he was killed on the field of battle before Richmond, and the service of another able officer was lost to the Confederacy.


Brigadier-General W. P. Hardeman

Brigadier-General W. P. Hardeman entered the Confederate service as captain in the Fourth regiment, Texas mounted volunteers. His first service was in the western part of Texas, and in New Mexico. He was in the celebrated expedition of General Sibley for the conquest and annexation of New Mexico to the Confederate States. This was one of the severest campaigns of the war. The men suffered intensely from heat and thirst, and probably as many men died from exhaustion as were killed by the bullets of the enemy. The Confederates advanced into the very heart of a hostile country, and were victorious in battle, but could get no supplies, and were pressed by greatly superior numbers of Union forces. The retreat was accomplished amid great hardships and with considerable loss of material. In the battle of Valverde, Captain Hardeman was conspicuous for gallantry, and was named by Colonel Scurry among the captains who led six companies of the Fourth Texas in the last brilliant and successful charge which decided the fortunes of the day. He was, in the latter part of 1862, promoted to colonel, and in a short time was commanding the brigade of General Green, who had command of division. The Texas cavalry commands did splendid service in the defense of their own

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