Camp Bartow, Greenbrier river, October 16, 1861.
--We hope that, in simple justice to the parties concerned, you will give this a place in your columns, to correct an erroneous impression that must necessarily be produced by a portion of your correspondent's communication from this place, in reference to the battle of the 3d inst.
In it he says:
"The 44th regiment, (Col. Scott
's,) except company A and a portion of company B, detached from the regiment, and under the command of Major Jones
, was directly in front of the batteries of the enemy, and stood the brunt of the constant and heavy fire to which they were subjected without flinching, and with anxiety to meet the enemy.
Now, the inference here is, that ‘"company A and a portion of company B"’ were not in the fight at all, but were off from the encampment on detached duty — while the facts are, they were ordered from their entrenchments during the hottest part of the fight and marched under the command of Major A. C. Jones
, the shells and balls falling thick and fast around them, to assist in holding a position on the left flank — as will be seen by reference to General Jackson
's official report to the Adjutant General
, which says: ‘"This brigade (the 5th) was reduced, in the course of the action, by the detachment of one hundred men under Major Jones
, of the 44th regiment, to reinforce our left wing.
This detachment marched in gallant style, under the enemy's fire, to the position assigned it in line."’ While in this position the enemy opened fire upon us from one of their batteries for one hour, in order to shell us out, but without effect — the balls and shells splintering and shattering the trees around us, but not injuring a single man. Major Jones
was leaning against a tree watching the operations of the enemy, with his right hand resting on his hip, when a grape shot passed through the angle made by his arm and body and buried itself in the tree, A narrow escape.
Companies A and B,
44th Regiment Virginia Volunteers.