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[171] hopes that he will not be taxed with exaggeration, or as claiming undue credit for the troops of his native State, when he says they covered themselves with glory in the bloody conflict they took so conspicuous a part in and around Chancellorsville, Va., on the 3d and 4th of May, 1863. The Georgia troops who took prominent parts in the several engagements were those of Phillips's and Cobbs's legions and the Sixteenth, Eighteenth, and Twenty-fourth Georgia regiments—the latter regiment the writer had the honor of commanding. These brave sons of noble old Georgia did their duty well and unflinchingly, losing heavily both of officers and men. Hundreds upon hundreds of these brave boys are now filling unmarked graves and long neglected trenches in and around Chancellorsville and all along the banks of the Rappahannock. These silent homes of honor and neglected abodes of patriots still speak not only to Georgians, but to the entire world and say, we who lie here died in vindication of a righteous cause, a cause, though it failed, left not a stain on the unsullied escutcheon of our State or one foul blot on a single page of her history. No dishonorable act of ours in this contest should cause a blush to mantle the cheek of any honest, true-hearted Southern man.

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