the honors of that occasion, should have remained utterly silent
refers to General Lane
's official report, found in the January number, 1877, of the Southern Historical Society Papers
, and on examining that I find it — the report — is dated April 10, 1865, eight days, and not fifteen years, after the battle.
The same number has a letter addressed to myself by General Lane
on this subject, dated May 20,, 1867, a few days over two years subsequent, and the letters of the four officers of Lane
's brigade, before referred to, are dated in June, 1867.
And again, General Harris
says, on same page: “Sufficient for me to say that what has appeared heretofore has not been printed
by any one connected with the brigade, or at their instance; and singularly there has been a great unanimity on the part of foe, friend and stranger in giving the credit of that defence to Harris
If we examine the February number of the Southern Historical Society Papers
, referred to by General Harris
as containing “A soldier's Story of the war,” by Napier Bartlett
, giving an account of the defence of Battery Gregg, we will find, pages 84-5, as follows: “The part taken in defence of Gregg
by the Mississippians is thus described in the Vicksburg Times
: ‘Fort Gregg was held by the Twelfth and Sixteenth Mississippi regiment, Harris
's brigade, numbering about one hundred and fifty muskets, &c., &c,’ ” no reference being made to any other infantry as forming a part of the garrison.
, says General Harris
in a letter designed to be an official report, says, “General Wilcox
ordered me to take position in front of the enemy, and detain them as long as possible,” and then goes into details such as have already been given; but with this very important addition, “preparations were now made by the enemy for the assault; at this time Captain Walke
, Adjutant and Inspector General
, of General Walker
, chief of artillery
, came with orders to withdraw the artillery, and against this I most earnestly protested.”
It was not a time, nor was there any occasion for a protest; General Harris
should have declined to receive orders of any kind or from any source, unless they came through me, or were given by the corps commander, or by General Lee
He had been ordered to report to me by the commanding General
, and I had assigned him to the command of Whitworth
, and in it were, besides his brigade, four pieces of artillery.
His permitting the artillery to be withdrawn, lessened my ability to carry out the instructions of the commanding General
, and his not reporting to me that it had been withdrawn was an aggravation of the offense — its withdrawal without authority.
I learned how it had been taken off several days subsequently in conversation with General Harris
. “The four guns were withdrawn from Whitworth