an Err or corrected — the Giles Volunteers.
Camp Harrison, Sept. 6, 1861.
Without wishing to detract any from honor due the ‘"Washington Greys,"’ a company from the gallant and patriotic county of Rappahannock
, I must ask that you publish this as a correction of the statement made by a correspondent writing over the signature of ‘"Ithuriel,"
’ from this place, and published in your issue of the 5th instant.
On the morning of the 30th of August, the ‘"Washington Greys, "’ First Lieutenant Swindler
, commanding, and the ‘"Giles Volunteers,"’ First Lieutenant E. Gibson
, commanding, were relieved on picket post by other companies; and although they had been out all night, in an exposed position, were ordered to form at once, and surprise and take, if possible, the enemy's pickets, posted in considerable numbers, in one Bayley's house and barns; also to get the morning papers, which was perhaps the object of the attack.
was ordered to deploy his company as skirmishers to the right and left, they being armed with rifles; and Lieut. Gibson
was ordered to carry his company up by the ‘"right flank."’ Both orders were carried out coolly and bravely by each company.
As they approached the house a heavy fire opened upon them from a corn-field adjoining the barn, doing some closer cutting,
but hitting but one man, Lieut. Swindler, Jr. Major Patton
then ordered Lieut. Swindler
to take his company and search the house, while Lieut. Gibson
was to hold the barn.
Both were done: the ‘"Washington Greys"’ surrounding the house — a large one, containing some twenty rooms, perhaps — and searching it, and the ‘"Giles Volunteers"’ holding the barn under fire, which they returned, with effect, certainly killing one and wounding another.
The ‘"Washington Greys"’ are certainly a splendid set of fellows, both officers and men, and I am sure would have much preferred that ‘"Ithuriel"’ should have been more generous and just to their mountain comrades, the ‘"Giles Volunteers."’