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Roster of Georgia Military Institute Cadets. 317

amputated at once, at Oconee bridge, over Oconee river, on Cen- tral railroad, in Washington county, Ga., on November 23, 1864, in charge on Yankee pickets in Oconee swamp. He is now Dr. J. S. Todd, of Atlanta, Ga., and surgeon of Georgia Division of U. C. V.

Cadet Thomas A. Hamilton, of Columbia county, Ga. , now of Birmingham, Ala., was severely wounded in shoulder at Oconee bridge, over Oconee river, on Central railroad, on November 25, 1864.

Cadets Commander, W. Baker, Edmund Jordan, Mabry, John McLeod and G. Smith, died in the service by disease contracted while serving in the trenches around Atlanta.

Cadet Marsh was mortally wounded by minie ball in right groin, in charge on Yankee pickets at Oconee river, Oconee bridge, on the Central railroad, in Washington county, Ga., on the 23d of November, 1864. He was carried on train to Savannah, Ga., and died in hospital there on the 26th of November, 1864.

This battalion was a conspicuous organization in the Confeder- ate service, in the Western army, commanded by General Joseph E. Johnston. The battalion served under General Hood, and was a noted battalion of youths from the celebrated military school, the Georgia Military Institute. The boys were in excellent dis- cipline, splendidly drilled, and with fine courage and great enthu- siasm and patriotic spirit. They were a marked battalion of as fine mettled youths as ever went to any war for any country.

Major F. W. Capers was proud of his "boys," as he affection- ately spoke of them. When they were under severe artillery fire at Turner's Ferry, over Chattahoochee river, Major Capers said he was very proud of them, and spoke in very high compliment of them, as exhibiting a cool courage and skill, remarkable in every respect, and he said that he believed that if he had a full division of such boys he could repulse the whole Yankee army.

Major-General Henry C. Wayne was in command of the forces with which the cadets served, as they confronted Sherman's army, on the "Marching through Georgia." General W T ayne, in his official report of February 6, 1865, gives account of the distin- guished conduct of Georgia cadets in the campaign through Georgia. His report is fully set forth in the official war records, series i, volume 53, supplement, on pages 32 to 37 inclusive, in serial