turned over the governorship to Col. John M. Stone
, who had once before served the State
acceptably in that capacity.
is one of the most highly esteemed citizens of Mississippi
, to whose interests he has always been true in war and in peace.
Major-General Will T. Martin
, one of the dashing cavalry leaders of the war, entered the Confederate
service as captain of a company of cavalry.
On November 14, 1861, he was commissioned as major of the Second Mississippi cavalry, attached to the Jeff Davis
Two days later we have a report of operations of his command in the neighborhood of Falls Church, Va.
He surprised a body of the enemy at Doolan
's, capturing prisoners, wagons and horses.
For this he was mentioned favorably in reports of Gens. G. W. Smith
and Joseph E. Johnston
Just before the Seven Days battles at Richmond
, who was now lieutenant-colonel of the Jeff Davis
legion, accompanied Stuart
in that daring raid in which he made the entire circuit of McClellan
's army, bringing in prisoners, booty, and much information of great importance to General Lee
. Gen. Wm. W. Averell
, of the Union
army, said of this expedition: ‘It was appointed with excellent judgment and was conducted with superb address.
pursued the line of least resistance, which was the unexpected.
His subordinate commanders were Colonels Fitz Lee
, W. H. F. Lee
and W. T. Martin
, all intrepid cavalrymen.’
On December 2, 1862, Colonel Martin
was commissioned brigadiergen-eral in the provisional army of the Confederate States
He was then sent to Tennessee
, where he was put in command of a division consisting of Roddey
's and Cosby
He participated in Van Dorn
's brilliant victory at Spring Hill
, on March 5, 1863, and during the Tullahoma campaign did great service to the army, as did all the cavalry commands.
went into east Tennessee
, General Martin