to lieutenant-colonel and Capt. N. S. Blount
The regiment at Knoxville
, and during the winter of 1862-63, was engaged in guarding bridges on the East
Tennessee & Virginia railroad.
In the summer of 1863 the regiment moved to Tullahoma
, and returning to Knoxville
remained there until fall.
The Seventh was ordered to West Virginia
to guard the salt works, and from that point to join the army soon to be concentrated at Chickamauga
After the brilliant victory at Chickamauga
, in which they won distinction, they engaged in the siege of Chattanooga
and then became identified with the record of Finley
Col. R. C. Trigg
's brigade, consisting of the First Florida dismounted cavalry, Sixth and Seventh infantry and one Virginia
regiment, and forming part of the division of Brig.-Gen. William Preston
's corps, crossed the Chickamauga river at early dawn, September 19, 1863, and formed line of battle near Hunt's house on the prolongation of Brigadier-General Bate
While occupying this position the enemy threw shot and shell into the lines from a battery on the right.
In this engagement the Sixth lost 1 lieutenant, 1 sergeant and 1 private killed, and 2 privates wounded.
The brigade being under heavy fire moved forward to get under cover of the opposite hills, then reformed under the crest of a ridge, about a half mile above its former position.
As soon as the line was formed Colonel Maxwell
's regiment was deployed as skirmishers, 300 yards in advance, and covered the entire front of the brigade.
This regiment soon became engaged with the enemy's infantry, in a cornfield and the woods to the right of the field.
For more than two hours it kept up a brisk action with the enemy's sharpshooters and artillery, when the right was driven in by a destructive fire of grape and canister.
At this crisis the brigade was ordered to reinforce Brigadier-General Robertson
, of Hood
's command, about a half mile distant. Colonel Trigg
then obliqued to the right, bringing the