Page:Confederate Military History - 1899 - Volume 7.djvu/769

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His command was included in the surrender of General Taylor's army.

Brigadier-General William F. Tucker entered the Confederate service as captain of Company K, Eleventh Mississippi regiment, which in May, 1861, was mustered into the Confederate service at Lynchburg and assigned to the Third brigade of the army of the Shenandoah. This brigade was commanded by Gen. Barnard E. Bee, and did valiant fighting at First Manassas. From that day to the end at Appomattox, the Eleventh Mississippi followed the fortunes of the army of Northern Virginia, except that Company K was, at the reorganization, transferred to the Western army and formed part of the Forty-first Mississippi regiment. Of this regiment Tucker was commissioned colonel on the 8th of May, 1862. It was assigned to the brigade of Gen. Patton Anderson, and later was under General Chalmers. At Murfreesboro, Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge, Colonel Tucker commanded his regiment. On the 1st of March, 1864, he was commissioned brigadier-general, and assigned to command of the brigade distinguished under Chalmers and Anderson, the Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, Forty-first and Forty-fourth regiments of Mississippi infantry, and Ninth Mississippi battalion of sharpshooters. During the Atlanta campaign occasional battles between portions of each army were frequent. One of these partial engagements was that of Resaca, in reporting which General Hood said: "On the 14th the enemy made repeated assaults on Hindman's left but not in very heavy line. Walthall's brigade, occupying the left of Hindman's [division] suffered severely from an enfilade fire of the enemy's artillery, himself and men displaying conspicuous valor throughout, under very adverse circumstances. Brigadier-General Tucker, commanding brigade in reserve, was severely wounded." General Walthall in his report said: "The fine brigade which was posted in my rear for support, though it had