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ungrateful expression — the deserted position!--ever used by a commanding general toward a general officer, who had fought his division for four hours against superior numbers, even if overcome.
But the check given to Lee by my division on the New-Market road, having, in the judgment of more than one Federal, and at least one confederate general, saved McClellan's army, it makes the stigma attempted to be cast on the division the more glaring and unpardonable.
I have within a short time beenneral terms that the guns lost by field batteries belonging to your division were but a very small portion of the whole number lost at Gaines's Mills.
Faithfully yours, William F. Barry.
With respect to the guns lost at Nelson's farm or New-Market Cross-Roads, it is a fact well known that after Randall's battery was taken by the enemy and retaken by the reserves, (see Colonel Bollinger's report,) the guns could not be removed for want of horses, forty odd of those belonging to the batter