d in this volume, Charles Colcock Jones—an excellent biographical sketch.
See ante, p. 32.—Ed.]
On St. Andrew's Day, 1864, near Boyd's Landing, in old Beaufort District, a desperate battle was fought and won by citizen soldiers of Georgia and Sed to minimum numbers, infantry, cavalry and field artillery being ordered elsewhere; as a matter of fact, during 1863 and 1864, this extended coast line was held by a relatively small force of mounted men and light batteries, distributed at conveniendery in Georgia, casting cannon for the Confederate army.
When General Sherman initiated his campaign against Atlanta in 1864 General Smith was chosen commander of the Georgia State militia, and was Governor Brown's right-hand man in those stirringr of company officers present that day.
The appearance of the Federal gunboats at Boyd's Landing on November 29, A. M., 1864, was as genuine a surprise as ever happened.
The 3rd military district had been depleted of soldiers, to meet the urgent