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On the night of Oct. 28, 1863, when General Geary's Division of the Twelfth Corps repulsed the attacking forces of Longstreet at Wauhatchie, Tennessee, about two hundred mules, affrighted by the din of battle, rushed in the darkness into the midst of Wade Hampton's Rebel troops, creating something of a panic among them, and causing a portion of them to fall back, supposing that they were at

Charge of the mule brigade.

tacked by cavalry. Some one in the Union army, who knew the circumstances, taking Tennyson's “Charge of the light brigade” as a basis, composed and circulated the following description of the ludicrous event:--

Charge of the mule brigade.

Half a mile, half a mile,
Half a mile onward,
Right through the Georgia troops
Broke the two hundred.


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