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Brigadier-General Thomas Harrison

Brigadier-General Thomas Harrison entered the Confederate service as captain of the Eighth Texas cavalry regiment, of which B. F. Terry, the first colonel, was killed at Woodsonville; Thomas S. Lubbock, the second one, died at Nashville; and John A. Wharton, the third, was promoted to brigadier-general in November, 1862. Then Thomas Harrison became colonel of this famous regiment, which, dating its career from Woodsonville, took an active part in the marches and battles of the cavalry of the army of Tennessee. He had risen to the rank of major at the time of the battle of Shiloh, and after the close of the second day's fight he was, on account of a wound received by Colonel Wharton, in temporary command of the Eighth Texas cavalry (otherwise called the Texas Rangers). He was with this command in the Kentucky campaign, and received his promotion as colonel shortly before the battle of Murfreesboro. In all the operations of the cavalry in middle Tennessee, during the interval between Murfreesboro and Chickamauga, the Rangers, under Colonel Harrison, had their full share of the hardships and perils, and always acquitted themselves creditably. Colonel Harrison at the battle of Chickamauga commanded the old brigade of General Wharton, then in command of a division. When Sherman sent out McCook and Stoneman on their famous raiding expeditions around Atlanta, Colonel Harrison's brigade formed part of the force under General Wheeler which broke up McCook's column, and gained a splendid victory over them at Newnan; capturing about 1,000 and routing the balance, who were scattered in every direction. When, after the fall of Atlanta, Hood started into Tennessee, Harrison's brigade, with the rest of Wheeler's cavalry, accompanied him until Forrest with his fine command joined the army of Tennessee. Then Wheeler took the larger part of his command and moved back into Georgia, for the purpose of protecting the country, as far as possible, from the raids of Sherman's cavalry and ‘bummers.’ On January 14, 1865, he was

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