had been commissioned brigadier-general.
In the desperate charge of that day he was mortally wounded, and the career of this able and gallant officer came to an end before he had an opportunity to enjoy the honors of his new position.
Brigadier-General William L. Brandon
entered the service in the spring of 1861, and as lieutenantcol-onel of the Twenty-first Mississippi went to Virginia
, but not in time for the First Manassas
, up to that time the greatest pitched battle that had ever been fought on American soil.
The ardent Southern youth who went to Virginia
in 1861 were all eager to be in the first great battle, and many of the later arrivals feared that they had missed the last great occasion to strike a blow for the rights of the South
The Twenty-first Mississippi was placed in the Potomac division of the Confederate army in Virginia
, and during the summer
of 1861 was on duty in the northeastern part of the State
When Mc-Clellan in the spring of 1862 began his advance up the peninsula, the army under Gen. Joseph E. Johnston
was thrown across his path.
Then came Williamsburg
and later Seven Pines
At the last-named battle General Johnston
was wounded and the command of the army of Northern Virginia devolved on Robert E. Lee
, who soon inaugurated an aggressive campaign.
The soldiers who regretted not having a part in the victory of Manassas
soon had an opportunity of proving their mettle on an even greater field.
During the fierce battles of the Seven Days, the Twenty-first Mississippi suffered heavily in officers and men, losing for a time the services of its colonel, Benjamin Humphreys
, and its lieutenant-colonel, Brandon
, disabled by wounds.
The severity of his wounds kept Brandon
out of the field for several months.
Returning to duty as soon as able he continued to serve as lieutenant-colonel until after Gettysburg
was killed in that battle and Colonel Humphreys