n his own command, was assigned to Dance's battery, and surrendered with the army at Appomattox.
After the war he devoted his life to teaching the youth of the South, and died in Amherst county, Va., in June, 1896.
Yours very truly, Thomas Ballard Blake, late Captain, etc.
St. Louis, December 29, 1897. To the Editor of the Dispatch:
While on a visit to Richmond last spring I gave some reminiscences of the evacuation, retreat, Sailor's creek, &c., which appeared in your issue of May 22d.
I had to rely entirely on memory, and was, therefore, very careful in my statements.
I have recently been looking over the Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, published by the government, and in Series 1, Volume XLVI, Part 1, found the official reports of commanding officers of both armies, which confirm, in a striking degree, my recollections.
These reports make special mention of the conspicuous part borne by the Artillery Brigade at Sailor's creek.
I quote as follows: Maj