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 it is remembered that this move was perhaps the death blow to the Confederate cause. On the 30th, the battalion started for Rienza, Miss. On arriving there orders were received to proceed at once to Columbus, Miss., which it reached January 10th, 1865, and camped two miles east of the town. The howitzer brought from Columbia, Tenn., by the battery, was turned over to the ordnance officer at Columbus, Miss., as no howitzers were then used in the Army of Tennessee. On the 20th, Lieutenant Ritter was promoted to the captaincy by the following special order:
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