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[284] wronged a gallant soldier, and had a right to expect that he would hasten to make the amende honorable. How far he has done so we leave our readers to judge from a statement of the facts. We received, in due course of mail, the following letter:

Mendham, New Jersey, March 23d, 1883.
To the Publisher of the Southern Hiistorical Society Papers, Richmond, Va.
Sir,—I enclose you by this mail a copy of the second edition of my book on Gettysburg and Chancellorsville, in which some inaccuracies which were in the first edition have been corrected. As it was printed—through a misunderstanding—before I had an opportunity to correct it, there are still some typographical errors to be found.

I regret that it was in print before I had discovered the mistake in relation to General Armistead's having been at the first battle of Bull Run. Another edition will soon be called for, and I will amend that part of my narrative. I always admired General A. as a gentleman and a soldier, and had no intention of wounding the feelings of his friends. My statement as to his change of views, however, was founded on what was represented to me to be the general tone of his conversation, and I still think I was right in that respect.

Yours, very truly,

From this letter it will appear that he gives up the statement that Armistead fought on the Federal side at First Manassas, but still adheres to the charge, that ‘dying in the effort to extend the area of slavery over the free States, he saw, with a clearer vision, that he had been engaged in an unholy cause, and said to one of our officers, who leaned over him, ‘Tell Hancock I have wronged him, and have wronged my country!’’

In the edition sent us there is a foot-note, written in red ink, after the statement concerning Armistead's action at First Manassas, to the following effect: ‘This is a mistake. A Richmond paper erroneously stated that a Lieutenant Abercrombie, who went over to them, and who had been an officer in the regular army, was engaged on our side in the first battle of Bull Run. Camp rumor made the name Armistead.’

We ought, perhaps, to be duly grateful to General Doubleday for making even this small concession, especially if he sees that it goes into the third edition of his book. And we are greatly obliged to him

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