We have received from Captain James H. Pearce
of the Third Regiment, Wite Brigade the subjoined statement of the circumstances of Colonel Spalding
's death, which corrects some errors in the accounts heretofore published.
This statement, we learn agrees with the official report of the affair:
On Sunday, September 29, about midday Colonel Spalding
, accompanied by the Richmond
Light Guard (Captain Wallace
) made a reconnoisance in the direction of the enemy's camp; he rode in front of the company which passed their advanced picket at least four hundred yards, when he ordered it to country march to a house on the road, on the enemy's lines, and await further orders; he then advanced cantiously and slowly, (suppose about seventy-five yards,) where he was shot, no doubt, by the enemy's next picket.
Several shots were heard when Captain Wallace
was placing his men in position at the house, and a few minutes afterwards, he was seen dangling from his horse, which had stopped in the road.
then advanced, took him from his horse, called four men from his company, and brought him and his horse to the house, where the company had been placed; the Colonel
was then sent towards our camp in charge of four men, Captain Wallace
and the company following in the rear about three hundred yards distant. He never spoke after receiving his wounds; one hall passed through the left breast, the other entered the right side; either would have proved fatal.