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 the whole right wing of the Federal army. On January 17, 1863, he was assigned to command of the department of East Tennessee, and was succeeded in brigade command by Gen. M. J. Wright. In the important region of which he was given charge as the successor of Gen. E. Kirby Smith, he had under his orders the brigades of General Gracie, Colonel Palmer, Gen. A. E. Jackson, Gen. John Pegram, Gen. Humphrey Marshall, and scattered organizations. General Donelson was promoted to major-general while in command of this department, but soon afterward he died at Knoxville, April 17, 1863. In general orders, April 24th, General Bragg said: ‘The general commanding announces to the army the death of Brig.-Gen. D. S. Donelson. He died in the department of East Tennessee, which he had commanded. The regret with which his death is announced will be felt by the army and his country. He was an educated soldier, of great purity of character, singleness of purpose, and goodness of heart. Conspicuous for gallantry on the field, after the excitement had passed he was foremost in providing for the wants of his command, and devoted to the sick and wounded. His comrades in this army, and those who served under his orders, will long remember his deeds and virtues.’
Brigadier-General John W. Frazer was a native of Tennessee, and was appointed to the United States military academy from Mississippi. At his graduation in 1849 he was promoted to brevet second lieutenant. He served in garrison at Fort Columbus, N. Y.; on frontier duty at San Miguel, Cal., and at Bernicia and Camp Far West in the same State; in garrison at Fort Monroe, Va., and on recruiting service until 1857; and then as captain, Ninth infantry, at Fort Simcoe and Fort Colville, Washington. He resigned his commission March 15, 1861, and entered the Confederate service with the rank in the regular army of captain of infantry. When the Eighth
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