I referred to Lt George W. Rea and here is the full reference to his actions and subsequence death. He was my gg uncle.
I came across this and wanted to share. George was one of four sons and two sons in law of George and Sarah Rea who served in the Confederate Army.
Added by Charline Herring Ryan LT George W. Rea BIRTH 12 Feb 1840 DEATH 20 Feb 1865 (aged 25) Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, USA BURIAL Hazlehurst Cemetery Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, USA Show Map PLOT Old Section MEMORIAL ID 117058418 · View Source MEMORIAL PHOTOS 3 FLOWERS 3
The following information on this Confederate Soldier's mortal wounded is provided from: "Reminiscence and Anecdotes of the War for Southern Independence" by Sgt. George P. Clarke, Co. C. 36th Miss. Inf. page 250-251. On the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee on Dec. 2nd, 1864. " It was now evident that the line must move in some direction, either forward or backwards, for the Federals were picking off our men from their safe position on the hill. At this juncture a young Lieutenant in the Regiment rushed out in front of us, with his hat in one hand and his sword in the other, and waving both hat and sword over his head, called out, 'follow me boys, and we will run those Yankees off the hill'. The Regiment at once dashed forward, with a sublime redition (sic) of the old Rebel Yell, and in less than two minutes the Federals were scampering down the other side of the hill, and we had possession of the rock enclosure, and were sending them a few parting shots. To our intense regret, the young officer who so nobly led us in this attack, was severely wounded in the head, in the charge, and disabled for the remainder of the war. He died just after the war in Mobile, from the effects of this wound. He deserves to have his name inscribed on the eternal annals of fame... I cannot see why some of the Copiah friends of the young officer.... do not write, and have published, an account of his gallant conduct, in leading our Regiment to victory." Info provided by: Tim Burgess (#47983260)