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of Mississippi troops that had just been turned over by that State to the Confederate government. It was assigned to the First division (Chalmers') of Forrest's cavalry. In 1864, when the Federals advanced upon Jackson, Miss., Gholson was again wounded. But he was soon in the field again and we find the gallantry of his brigade highly commended in the official reports of the Atlanta campaign. After the disastrous conclusion of the Tennessee campaign, Gholson and his horsemen continued in active service in Mississippi. During Grierson's expedition (December, 1864, and January, 1865) to destroy the Mobile & Ohio railroad, Gholson's brigade constituted part of the force that disputed his advance. In an affair at Egypt, December 27, 1864, the Confederate cavalry, though disputing Grierson*s advance with great courage and determination, was finally defeated. Grierson, in his report of this fight, announced that General Gholson had been killed, while Col. Joseph Karge, of one of Grierson's regiments, reported him as mortally wounded. Neither report was correct, but General Gholson did lose his right arm. He survived the war several years and in civil life received deserved honors from his fellow-citizens. From 1866 to 1868 he was a member of the State legislature, and during 1868 was speaker of the house of representatives of Mississippi. He died at his home in Aberdeen, October 16, 1883.

Brigadier-General Richard Griffith was at the beginning of the war treasurer of the State of Mississippi. At the first call of his State he responded "ready," and as colonel of the Twelfth Mississippi went to Virginia. In November, 1861, he was commissioned brigadier-general and ordered to report to Gen. J. E. Johnston for duty with the brigade previously commanded by Gen. Charles Clark, who had been transferred to another field. A greater part of 1861 he was in the vicinity of Leesburg. When the campaign of 1862 began in Virginia the Confed-