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[122] was the boy who disarmed him, and his sword hangs over my mantel now to tell the tale; nor was the flag, picked up by Hancock's men on the field, the Twenty-fourth Virginia's, for behold that now—in my possession ever since that fateful day.

General McClellan, with his usual exaggeration when counting Confederate soldiers, reported that Hancock had captured two colonels, two lieutenant-colonels, and killed as many more. As a matter of fact, he captured none, and the only field-officer killed was the heroic Badham, Lieutenant-Colonel of the Fifth North Carolina, a very impersonation of courage itself. They claimed to have killed the writer, also; but in this, as in many other statements, they were greatly in error, for a few weeks afterwards his comrades elected him in reward of his action on this field, to be their Major, and with them, as their Colonel, he was paroled at Appomattox, though on crutches and thought to be permanently disabled from wounds received in battle.

Richard L. Maury, Late Colonel Twenty-fourth Virginia Infantry.

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