I had an ancestor in the 5th Georgia Infantry, A. H. G. Howell, also a part of Jackson's Brigade at Murfreesboro. It was a hard day.
Jackson's Brigade was in line with Breckinridge's Division on the east side of Stones River December 31, 1862, when Jackson's and Adams' Brigades were ordered across to support the attack where the Mississippians of Chalmers' and Walthall's Brigades were engaged. Jackson advanced, passing Donelson's Brigade, and part of Chalmers' and Coltart 's. General Polk reported that Jackson assailed the enemy's line with energy and after a severe contest was compelled to yield and fall back. Chalmers and Donelson had also been repulsed, and after Jackson and Adams, Preston and Palmer also failed in this determined attack on Palmer's Federal division. Jackson reported that he was engaged for three hours. He had 874 men in all, and lost 41 killed and 266 wounded. Among the severely wounded was Lieut.-Col. W. L. Sykes, commanding the Fifth Regiment, and the gallant Captain J. H. Morgan was killed. The total casualties of the regiment were 6 killed, 74 wounded. The following names were selected by the various companies for the Roll of Honor: Sergeant William Dabbs, A; Jesse Glass, B; J. J. Smith, C; S. G. F. Jayroe, D; Sergeant J. N. Richardson, E; Sergeant W. A. Snow, F; S. F. Fondren, G; Sergeant D. L. McCollum, H; W. R. Flanagan, I; H. H. McMichael, K.