Among the Confederates who were seriously wounded in the Cedar Creek battle was Major George Bruce Gerald, the brigade’s commander.
Gerald, former commander of the brigade’s 18th Mississippi Regiment had replaced the wounded Gen. Humphreys as brigade commander after the Battle of Berryville.
Gerald would now be replaced by the 13th’s Major George LaValle Donald, putting the regiment back in command of the brigade for the first time since the death of General Barksdale at Gettysburg.
Donald, who was single, had commanded the 13th regiment since the Battle of Fort Sanders at Knoxville. He had enlisted with the Secessionists in March, 1861, at Quitman in Clarke County. Two months later he was appointed a First Lieutenant.