The Washington Artillery.
A rumor, very unjust to one of the companies of this gallant corps, and utterly unfound, has been put in circulation.
It was with reference to that company and the defence on the river below against the gunboats.
The 3d company of the battalion Capt. Miller
, was on the 13th ordered to Chapin's Bluff, or some other convenient; point on the north bank of the river, to co-operate in the defence with the batteries on Drewry's Bluff
On the evening of 14th, they were, by order of Gen. Lee
, directed to report to Gen. Johnston
This order was delivered by an artillery company from Montgomery, Alabama
, which came to take its place, Capt. Miller
then, on the night of the 14th, joined the battalion, and was not at the scene of the battle with the gunboats on the 15th.
The rumor, therefore, with reference to this company not firing, and the reason therefore, is without foundation.
Certainly the Washington Artillery has proved its high reputation sufficiently to discredit any rumor which might reflect upon it.