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Letter from Captain William L. Ritter. Rev. John William Jones, Secretary Southern Historical Society, Richmond, Va.: Dear Sir — The February number of the Southern Historical Society Papers contains an article from Major J. L. Brent in relation to the capture of the iron-clad Indianola, in which mention is made of the name of Sergeant Edward H. Langley, of the Third Maryland Artillery, who had immediate charge of the two Parrot-guns aboard the Queen of the West. As Sergeant Langley belonged to the battery of which I was a member, I desire to relate a few incidents connected with the closing scenes of his life, and to mention the fate of his successor, Lieutenant William Thompson Patten. When the two gun detachments were put aboard the steamer Archer, January 23d, 1863, and sent down the river in charge of Sergeant Langley, there was but one commissioned officer with the battery in Vicksburg, the others having not yet arrived from Tennessee. On the 26th the steamer De S