From the 13th Virginia Regiment.
Review by Gen. Johnston
--Flag Presentation, &c. Camp of the 13th Va. Regiment,
Sep. 20th, 1861.
On yesterday the dull routine of our camp duties was very pleasantly relieved by a grand review at half-past 9 A. M., and a flag presentation at 5 P. M.
Pretty early in the morning the order came to ‘"prepare for review,"’ and there immediately followed a general cleaning up of guns, accoutrements, &c. Gen. Johnston
and staff arrived at the appointed hour, and the usual forms were gone through with to the apparent satisfaction of all present.
Being in the ranks myself, I could form but a poor estimate of the performance; but learn from outsides that our boys acquitted themselves with great credit.
paid us the high compliment of saying to our Colonel
that he had ‘"never seen the drill excelled by regulars."’ After our review was gone through with, the 3d Tennessee and 10th Virginia were reviewed.
The 10th Virginia, under the leadership of Col. Gibbons
, is one of the finest regiments in the service, and I understand that their appearance on yesterday enlisted warm encomiums from the General
and his staff.
The 3d Tennessee is composed of some of the most gallant sons of the ‘"Volunteer State,"’ and will make their mark in every engagement with the foe. The ‘"Maryland Line
"’ (another ‘"crack regiment"’ of our brigade) was absent at Upton
's Rill, and missed the review.
The flag presentation yesterday evening was a brilliant affair.
The flag is a beautiful silk banner, the handiwork of the accomplished lady of our Colonel
, (A. P. Hill
,) and will be prized and defended as the gift of a fair daughter of unhappy Kentucky
, bidding us a hearty ‘"God speed"’ in fighting the battles of the South
Coming thus from a daughter of Kentucky
, and the wife of a gallant officer — whose kind attention to our comfort has won the lasting affection of every man under him — I need not say that in the hour of conflict, the boys of the old ‘"Thirteenth"’ will rally around this banner, and make it their winding sheet are they allow it to be polluted by the foul touch of those who have ‘"Booty and Beauty"’ for their watch-word.
The flag was presented by Lieutenant W. W. Bird
, of the ‘"Louisa Blues,"’ in a very appropriate little speech, and was accepted by Major J. B. Terrill
, in a handsome manner.
The boys cheered lustily their approbation of the pledge that we would stand by and defend the banner to the last, and we were marched back to our quarters, feeling that we had spent a pleasant day, which would the better fit us for the usual routine of soldier life. W.
P. S.--I see that in your last issue your ‘"Own Correspondent,"’ in the very correct statement he makes of the affair at Lewinsville, again deprives our regiment of its just dues by giving credit to the Eighteenth Virginia; but the official reports of the affair, which you publish in the same issue, settle the matter.
The Thirteenth Virginia was the only infantry engaged — neither the Seventh nor the Eighteenth were in hearing of the guns; and I will here supply a pleasing little incident omitted by your correspondents.
At one of the houses of the village was found a note (the ink not dry on it) from the Captain
of the Federal
battery to Colonel J. E. Stuart
, telling him‘" that he called that morning to see him."’ expressing his regrets that he was ‘"not in,"’ and asking the Colonel
to do him the favor to ‘"return the call before long."’ The gallant Colonel
sent the note to headquarters, having endorsed on the back that " he did call on Captain Griffin, but was treated with a discourtesy not usual among officers, as the Captain immediately turned his back upon him and left without even returning his salutation.