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Columbus News Article About Battle

A correspondent of the Griffin Georgia Rebel newspaper reported on the action at Lovejoy’s on Macon and Western Railroad and the gallantry of Lieutenant George B. Young, son of Mr. William H. Young of Columbus, Ga.
The enemy charged in columns of regiments and it is strange they did not kill or capture every man of Ross’s Brigade. The horse-holders, seeing the charge ran off and Ross’ men fought both for their lives and their horses. They formed behind fences and as the enemy would pass them, they gave them the contents of their guns and six-shooters. It was in this charge that the old belching 12-pounder under Lieutenant George B. Young from Columbus, Ga., did noble and effective work. As a column would charge down on him, he would open so wide a break in it that it would pass him without running over his gun. He fired rapidly, turning his gun in three or four directions. The enemy made desperate attempts to take it, and twice General Ross sent word to Lieutenant Young that he had better leave his gun and try and save his men. His reply was, “Not while I have a shot left!” Then General Ross took thirty men and went up to the piece and said “Well, Young, if you are determined to stay with your gun, we will stay with you.” And they did stay there ‘til they had fired every round of ammunition he had. Next to the last round, a double charge of grape, cracked the gun but it did not frighten them from firing the last shot. General Ross says, “Lieutenant Young is one of the coolest and bravest men I ever saw under fire. Every one of his men stood by the piece. He lost one killed and five wounded. I regret I have not their names as men who fell acting so bravely should not be forgotten.” At one time General Ross thought his whole brigade would be captured or killed, but as the cloud blew over, his men began to make their appearance and the horse-holders with the horses began to emerge from the bushes. The enemy halted long enough to carry off Lieutenants Young’s gun and took the direction to McDonough….” {This article was in the Daily Sun, Columbus, Georgia, 28 August 1864 pages 2/3.}