138.-Colonel miles' defence.
Col. Miles commanded the reserves, at the battle of Bull Run.
Being accused of drunkenness and other conduct unbecoming a soldier, he published the following card, in the Washington Star, of August 1:
Alexandria, Va., July 31, 1861.
Editor of the Star — dear sir: Will you please give place in your columns to a short reply from an old soldier, in correction of Col. Richardson's report, as published in this morning's Sun. Perhaps no one has ever before been hunted with more assiduous, malicious vituperation and falsehood, since the battle of Bull Run, than myself.
My name, I am told, has been a byword in the streets of Washington and its bar-rooms for every thing derogatory to my character.
It was stated I had deserted to the enemy; I was a traitor, being from Maryland, a sympathizer; gave the order to retreat; was in arrest, and now, by Col. Richardson's report, drunk.
I shall not copy Richardson's report, but correct the errors he