HEARST—DEAR SIR:--I had intended writing you a lengthy account of the fight at Manassas, but was
prevented by sickness from so doing.Two
days previous to the fight I was sent off by Col. Fisher as Quarter-master, and
for that reason did not get into the engagement until about .As soon as I get better I will try to give you some items which will be
of interest to your readers.
the Standard I notice a letter from Capt. York, which does not give justice to
the Company from the Hawfields, which I have the pleasure to command, and I
will write to-day to ask you in your next editorial to make a statement for
them.In addition to the two Companies
that charged upon Sherman’s
battery, under their brave commanders, Capts. Avery and Kirkland, the writer neglects to add the one
from How Fields.This Company fought
bravely through the entire battle, was in the charge upon the battery, and even
went beyond it, and at night as large a proportion as from any other Company
followed in the pursuit.I can say this
without any egotism, as the Company was under the command of my most efficient
first Lieut. Carter.In this Company
James P. Stewart and James Simpson (privates) were killed; Paisley White
severely wounded; Elbridge Thompson flesh wound in the arm; Samuel Younger
wounded in the foot; Jn. Thompson (son of Samuel) marked in the ear.Many others received slight marks, but not of
sufficient importance to notice.
dispute as to whom belongs the credit of taking Sherman’s battery, in my opinion, arises from
our not being fully able to identify which was really his battery.That we charged upon andtook a battery there is not a shadow of doubt,
but whether it was Sherman’s, or a part of it, or some other battery, my
impression is no one can say positively, and so many having been taken the
confusion may have thus arisen.
am yet very feeble, but hope soon to be able to return to my post.By making some notice of what I have written
you will, I know, gratify your many readers in the Hawfields.