in Gen. Banks's column.
In the regiment is a company composed principally of Irishmen, who have given the commander much trouble.
When near Muddy Run two of the men got engaged in a fight, and one of them, named Lanahan, of company I, a very bad character, was, by order of Major Arnold C. Lewis, tied to the rear of a baggage wagon.
After proceeding about a mile it was reported to Major Lewis that Lanahan was at large with a loaded gun in his hand.
The Major, accompanied by Assistant Surgeon W. Charles Rogers, rode towards Lanahan, and ordered him to give up the gun. Lanahan refused; and while the Major (Lewis) was in the act of getting off his horse to enforce his order, Lanahan retreated a few steps, took deliberate aim, and shot the Major in the back with a ball and three buck-shot.
The latter fell and expired in three minutes without uttering a word.
Lanahan was secured, and the body of the unfortunate officer was placed in a wagon and guarded to the camp.
Lanalian is now in