The Fourth Alabama Regiment.
--Upon the first page of our paper will be found the official report of Capt. Goldsby
, of the 4th Alabama Regiment, upon whom the command deceived after all the field officers were so severely wounded as to be incapable of remaining on the field.
We welcome this terse and able report; for, among the many descriptions of the battle of Manassas
, the deeds of this regiment were scarcely noticed.
Justice has been tardy in its case, but it was simply owing to the fact that the particulars could not be obtained.
Early in the fight, the field officers--Col. Jones
, Lieut Col. Law, and Major Scott
--were shot down; the regiment was in the front of the battle nearly all day; the number of killed and wounded kept the remainder of the men busy for two or three days after the fight, and it was, consequently, almost impossible to get any information concerning the part they took in the battle.--For several hours this body of brave men stood before some five thousand of the enemy, who fired their volleys into them with terrible effect.
Not a man faltered, however, and the shower of bullets that was poured in upon them only made the men more determined to face any danger.
As will be seen by this explicit and interesting report, Gen. Bee
was killed at the head of this regiment, after which Capt. Goldsby
Without making any comparison as to the valor of men from different States, we may safely say that upon a field where the volunteers from Virginia
fought like brave and chivalric soldiers, none can lay claim to more gallant deeds than the modest sons of our Southern sister, Alabama