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 Posted: Sat Sep 19th, 2009 12:04 pm
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45th Alabama Inf., Co. F

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My direct ancestor, Pvt. John Morgan Adams, Co. D, 45th Alabama Infantry was in Powell's Brigade at Perryville. After Perryville, he was mustered into Lowrey's Brigade of Patrick Cleburne's Division, Hardee's Corps, where he served until being mortally wounded in the battle of Atlanta, Georgia (Bald Hill) on 22 July, 1864 while attacking the Iowa brigade.
In my ancestor's war letters sent home, he mentioned the death of Gen. (James S.) Jackson during the battle. He either witnessed the event or it made an impression on his mind. (This was the first major battle he participated in.) The letters are now lost via 'family' who didn't value them as family heirlooms and I have only a few brief quotes left. Sad...

Source ~ From Gen. W.J. Hardee's afterbattle report:"The brigade of Brigadier-General Johnson gallantly led the advance, with Brigadier-General Cleburne’s as a support, while the brigade of General St. John R. Liddell was held as a reserve. The brigades of John C. Brown and Jones, of Anderson’s, and [S. A. M.] Wood, of Buckner’s division, had been detached to occupy the interval between the right of Buckner and the left of Cheatham, and the two remaining brigades of Anderson’s division, under command of General [D. W.] Adams and Col. [Sam.] Powell, [Twenty-ninth Tennessee], covered the extreme left of our line. By this time, Cheatham being hotly engaged, the brigades of Johnson and Cleburne attacked the angle of the enenmy's line with great impetuosity near the burnt barn while those of Wood, Brown, and Jones dashed against their line more to the right, on the left of Cheatham. Simultaneously the brigades of Adams and Powell, on the left of Cleburne and Johnson, assailed the enemy in front, while Adams’, diverging to the right, united with Buckner’s left. The whole force thus united then advanoed, aided by a crushing fire from the artillery, which partially enfiladed their lines. This combined attack was irresistible, and drove the enemy in wild disorder from the position nearly a mile to the rear. Cheatham and Wood captured the enemy’s battery in front of Wood, and among the pieces and amid the dead and dying was found the body of General James S. Jackson, who commanded a division of the enemy at that point."

"Where this division defended, no odds broke its line; where it attacked, no numbers resisted its onslaught, save only once; and there is the grave of Cleburne." ~ Lt. Gen. William J. Hardee
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