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The gallant Pelham and his gun at Fredericksburg. letter from Major H. B. Mcclellan. Rev. J. Wm. Jones, D. D., Secretary of the Southern Historical Society:
r of other batteries, was put in position below the line of hills on which Fredericksburg is located.
We were advanced by half-battery to the front, firing at our l at they might come up closer to our line.
Not a gun on our long line, from Fredericksburg to Hamilton's Crossing, had yet fired, only Pelham with his Napoleon, and sHamilton's Crossing, had yet fired, only Pelham with his Napoleon, and soon afterwards a Blakley, nearer the railroad.
General Lee expressed his warm admiration for Major Pelham's distinguished gallantry, but said that the young Major-G Pelham was engaged with Henry's Napoleon, not a gun on our long line, from Fredericksburg to Hamilton's Crossing, had yet fired; only Pelham, with his Napoleon, andHamilton's Crossing, had yet fired; only Pelham, with his Napoleon, and soon afterwards a Blakely, nearer the railroad.
Every report of the battle confirms this statement.
It is, therefore, very plain that Sergeant Pleasants's galla