Near Petersburg, August 9, 1864.
To the Editor of the Richmond Dispatch:
In the letter of your correspondent, "X," dated Petersburg, Virginia
, August 2, and published in your issue of the third instant, occurs the following statement:
"In my report of Saturday I intended to have made mention of the splendid manner in which the artillery firing was directed by Major W. H. Caskie
, of your city.
The battery of Wright
, of his command, is especially deserving of honorable mention."
I desire to correct the errors into which your correspondent has been misled.
The only connection Major Caskie
had with Wright
's battery during the fight of July 30 was to deliver a message from Colonel Jones
, chief of artillery
, to Captain Wright
.--Nor is it true that Wright
's battery belongs to Major William H. Caskie
's command, but to Major J. C. Cutts
's battalion, who was in command of his battalion during the whole of the engagement.
It might be inferred from the statement of your correspondent that we had a good deal of artillery other than that of Captain Wright
's engaged in the fight, when in fact we had but one or two other guns engaged on that portion of our line, which the enemy had protracted.
It is true that Wright
's battery richly deserved the honorable mention that is made of it, and this correction is only intended to do justice to the officers who were really in command, and not as a reflection upon any one.