Infantry strength of the Confederate Army.
While thus speaking incidently of the fighting quality of the Georgia
soldiers I am tempted to a slight digression that may be regarded as a correctly summarized statement of some interest.
The seventy-six regiments of infantry furnished the Confederate army by the gallant State of Georgia
were men of the same stamp as the seventy-one regiments from North Carolina
, and the seventy regiments from old Virginia
; these three States during the war 1861-5 put in the field two hundred and seventeen of the five hundred and seventy regiments composing the grand army of the Confederacy
Eight other Southern States supplied three hundred and fifty-three regiments, fully as brave, true and patriotic as the three States named, and which are only thus mentioned because they were in the order named the largest numerical contributors, but excelling in nothing else.
Not since the dawn of creation, or since men have lived under any form of government has the world known a truer, braver or nobler half million of patriotic men who fought for their country with all the principles and ideas involved in a great and protracted struggle, only ending at Appomattox
Flodden's fatal field
Where shivered was fair Scotland's spear
And broken was her shield.
Perhaps an error in judgment prompts the writer to relate an additional incident of memorable Sharpsburg
However, he makes bold to assert that it rightly belongs with this authentic record of the gallant ‘Old Fifteenth’ Virginia Infantry.