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Confederate soldier’s letter written by “Henry S. Figures” who enlisste as a Private into F. Co., 4th Alabama Infantry, 3pp., near Chattanooga, September 26, 1863. In large part, “That night we were in hearing of the artillery. Next morning we went about five miles and halted. The firing was very heavy. Both artillery and musketry we laid until about 12 o’clock when we were ordered to go forward and drive the enemy. We advanced about half-mile and halted again when a shell burst in the regiment and killed one and wounded two men. Then we went in just as we got where the bullets came around us pretty thick. We saw McNairs, Tennessee Brigade running out. We were going to reinforce them. Then we took the double quick and charged. As we passed that Brigade, a Lieutenant asked me what troops we were. I yelled out, “Hood’s Division” as loud as I could hollow. They immediately formed and went back. We drove the Yankees over a mile when it was getting dark, so we halted for the night.... I got a splendid belt and scabbard from the Adjutant of the 9th Kentucky whom I captured. ...Next morning we were put in again and drove them still further, and that evening we fought again. So you see we were fought three times, whipping them every time. That evening ended the battle. They commenced falling back that night. ...I was struck three times in the engagement, but my clothes were not cut either time… I thank our heavenly father for it. ...We are not in three miles of Chattanooga in line of battle. Most of the enemy have crossed the river, but some are still in the town. They made an attempt to cross last night, but we found it out and Gen. Bruckner’s Pickets moved on them and drove them from their breastworks. Our troops now occupy their first line of breastworks. Do not be uneasy about me for they will not fight here. All of them will get cross the river tonight, I expect. Bragg don’t want them to cross for as long as he can keep them on this side, the weaker they get, for our cavalry is picking them up all the time. …Hood has had his leg shot; got shot in the thigh and had to have it cut off, poor fellow. He was the best general we ever had. The Division liked him as a father.”
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4th Alabama - Hood's Brigade - “Hood has had his leg shot; got shot in the thigh and had to have it cut off...’

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