"Peculiarly distinguished among the advance guard, where all were distinguished, must be recorded . . . Private J. W. Brown, of Company F, First Georgia Regiment, who, upon hearing the order to fall back, exclaimed, 'I will give them one more shot before I leave,' and while ramming down his twenty-ninth cartridge fell dead at his post." - General Henry R. Jackson in his report of the Battle of Greenbrier River.

Monday, July 11, 2011

July 11, 1861

General Robert S. Garnett’s outpost at Rich Mountain is outflanked and captured by Union troops under General William S. Rosecrans.  When Garnett learns of the defeat, he realizes that his position at Laurel Hill is now untenable.  In a driving rainstorm, Garnett begins his retreat just after midnight, traveling southward toward Beverly.  The First Georgia Regiment is in the van of the retreat.

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