of 1862, that memorable ‘year of battles,’ so full of marvelous exploits, when Lee
's gallant army raised the siege of Richmond
, bowled over Pope
, crossed into Maryland
and, while one wing of the army captured Harper's Ferry
, the other wing kept McClellan
in check and repulsed him at Sharpsburg
, crowning the year's work by the tremendous victory at Fredericksburg
Before the last named battle Colonel Posey
's meritorious and gallant conduct had been rewarded by a commission as brigadier-general, which he received on the first day of November, 1862.
His brigade consisted of four Mississippi
regiments and formed a part of Anderson
's division of A. P. Hill
In the campaign of 1863, at Chancellorsville
and again at Gettysburg
, General Posey
conducted himself with the gallantry for which he had always been distinguished.
At Bristoe station, on the 14th of October, General Posey
was severely wounded in the left thigh by a fragment of shell.
He was carried to Charlottesville, Va.
, and there died on November 13, 1863.
He gave to his country the supreme gift, devoted service crowned with a patriot's death.
Brigadier-General Claudius W. Sears
entered the army in the Forty-sixth Mississippi regiment, of which he was commissioned colonel December 11, 1862.
The regiment served in north Mississippi
, and took a gallant part in the defeat of Sherman
at Chickasaw Bayou
by Gen. S. D. Lee
, also being among the successful defenders of Fort Pemberton
on the Yazoo
, under Loring
commanded the regiment in the battle of Port Gibson
, May 1, 1863.
The brigade to which it was attached, W. E. Baldwin
's, of M. L. Smith
's division, was in reserve during the fighting at Baker's Creek
, and during the siege of Vicksburg
, which followed, performed its share of fighting on the lines.
, Forty-sixth Mississippi,’ said General Baldwin
, ‘merits favorable notice for his conduct during this trying time.’