them myself. Thus, sir, you have such an account of this affair as it is in my power to give you. I am, sir, very respectfully, Your obedient servant,
Henry L. Benning, Brigadier-General.
To S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General, Richmond, Va.:Lieutenant-Colonel Shepherd, who was mentioned in Governor Vance's letter as Major Shepherd, writes a letter to the Adjutant-General, in which the following statement is made:
My first knowledge of the disturbance was derived from Governor Vance calling upon me for this purpose at the hotel, inquiring first for General Benning, and, in his absence, for the commander of the Second Georgia regiment. Accompanying Governor Vance, I proceeded promptly to the Standard office, where a number of soldiers were engaged in the disturbance — some within the building and others without — many of whom I recognized as belonging to different regiments of Benning's brigade. It is to be marked that not one officer was seen by me in the midst of this outbreak. I experienced no difficulty whatever in restoring order; immediately after which Governor Vance addressed the crowd, who listened with respectful attention, and dispersed in a body. Allow me only to add than Governor Vance publicly thanked me for my timely interposition, and that many of the officers and men of the brigade were invited to share the hospitalities of the executive mansion. I have this day written to Governor Vance, requesting him to write to the department in my further vindication. I have the honor to be yours, very respectfully,