expression of commendation for the gallant behavior of these men, but I am sure did not use the profane terms which General Lane quotes as my language. Being severely wounded, and unable to follow the army in its retreat, I made no report of the battle, or return of the killed and wounded. General Lane and General Scales have done this, which shows the fearful loss of these two brigades in the charge of July 3rd. S. D. Pool: I laid aside what is written above, but delayed to send it to you. Having since then attended the ceremonies of unveiling the Jackson statue at Richmond on the 26th October, and while there, heard the brilliant address of J. W. Daniel, of Lynchburg, on the battle of Gettysburg, intended to be a correct account of the occurrences of the 3d July, in which I find the same old errors repeated. I was preparing, as General Wilcox has done, a brief article to correct the mistakes of Mr. Daniel, in what he says of the troops on Pickett's left, when I received from him the following letter, which, with my reply, will close this defence of North Carolina troops.
General Wilcox thinks I have made some errors as to the third day's charge at Gettysburg. If I have made any in respect to the troopswhich came under your command or observation, will you do me the honor and kindness to point out my error, and thus greatly oblige, Yours, with much respect,
Richmond, as to the action of Pender's division, under my command, they are not very important, but may as well be corrected. First. You state that “Our left, under Trimble, staggered at the start,” &c. That is an error; there was no hesitation in my command at the start, for at first the .fire of the enemy did not reach us, being directed at Heth's division, in advance, under Pettigrew. Secondly. You say “Pettigrew's and Trimble's men had broken before the tornado of canister in their front, and had disappeared,”