By this Government he was commissioned first lieutenant of artillery and ordered to the Department of Mississippi.
About this time a battery of artillery was being formed at Raleigh, whose membership was comprised of the flower of the patriotic youth of the State.
It was called the Ellis Artillery, in honor of our then very able and patriotic Governor, whose early death by phthisis was an irreparable loss to our State in the early days of the war. The officers were Manly, Saunders, Guion and Bridgers, who, owing to our long peace establishment, were not familiar with even the rudiments of the drill.
Therefore, with more patriotism than selfish emulation, they promptly applied through Lieutenant Saunders to their friend the Governor for some suitable and reliable commander.
With a pardonable pride in so fine a company, Governor Ellis had doubtless previously considered this subject in his own mind.
At all events, so soon as the request was made known he promptly replied: I