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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), A Correction of the incident in reference to General Pickett. (search)
in which General George E. Pickett was an actor. Being myself an uncle of General Pickett, T had some acquaintance with the affair, and I saw that there were certainly several material errors in the statement. But I thought it best to communicate with the members of his staff, and to ascertain the facts with precision, before I wrote to you. This has caused the delay of the present communication; but it enables me to write now, supported by their recollections, especially by those of Mr. Harrie Hough, who was General Pickett's confidential clerk, and Major Charles Pickett, who was his brother and adjutant. Captains W. Stuart Symington and Edward R. Baird concur with the other officers, so far as they were acquainted with the facts, but their absence on service at that juncture caused them to be less familiar with all the circumstances. I will give you a narrative of what actually occurred, condensed from these sources. When the demonstration was made on Newbern, North Carolin