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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

October 05, 1863

Richmond Newspaper Printed Several Items Related to Chickamauga

The Richmond Times Dispatch printed several items regarding the Battle of Chickamauga, one a report from their own correspondent, the second a reprint from a Marietta newspaper, and the third the address given by General James Longstreet to his troops after the battle, reproduced here.

Headq’rs left wing Army Tenn., September 23d, 1863. General Orders, No. 2. I. The Lieutenant General commanding expresses his congratulation to the brave troops of this command on the brilliant victory which has crowned their heroic efforts. The enemy, late so defiant and exulting, has been driven from his chosen positions with slaughter, and the loss of artillery, prisoners, arms, and colors. To this glorious result you have contributed no mean share. The gallant troops of the Army of Tennessee have once more exhibited that prowess that has ever illustrated the bloody battle holds of the West, and have fulfilled the high expectations that were entertained for them. Side by side with their brave comrades from Virginia they have breasted the wave of invasion and rolled it back. Soldiers! Much has been done, but not all. The fruits of your splendid victory are to be enjoyed. Tennessee and Kentucky, with their rolling fields and smiling valleys, are to be reclaimed to freedom and independence. You are to be the agent of their deliverance, and your task requires the same heroic fortitude, patience, and courage, always shown by you in the trying past. Your General looks to you for renewed exertions. II. The Commanding General takes pleasure in publishing to his command the following names of soldiers who have distinguished themselves by the capture, each, of a stand of the enemy’s colors: Private W. H. Barnett, Co. A, 21st Mississippi regiment, Humphries’s brigade. Corp’l R. Conrad, co. F, 21st Miss. regiment, Humphries’s brigade. Corp’l J. F. M. Skinner, co. G, 13th Miss. regiment, Humphries’s brigade. Serg’t L. E. Timmons, co. I, 7th Florida regiment, Triggs’s brigade. Private Oscar F. Honaker, co. F, 54th Va. regiment, Triggs’s brigade. Private W. F. Harris, co. F, 54th Va. regiment, Triggs’s brigade. Private W. W. Harris, co. F, 54th Va. regiment, Triggs’s brigade. Private Henderson Hylton, co. F, 54th Va. regiment, Triggs’s brigade. By command of Lieut.-Gen. Longstreet. (Signed,) G. M. Sorrell, A. A. Gen.