The capture of the battery at Ellyson's Mills.
To the Editors of the Dispatch:
In your issues of Saturday and Monday, you have made a new statement in regard to the charge upon the enemy's battery at Ellyson's Mills on Thursday afternoon, the 26th ult. The 2d Regiment of N. C. State troops is in Gen. G. B. Anderson
's brigade and was not engaged at that point.--The charge was made by Gen. Ripley
's brigade, consisting of the 1st and 3d N. C. and the 44th and 48th Ga. regiments.
The 1st N. C. on the extreme right, and 44th Ga. made the charge and suffered the greatest less.
They were gallantly supported by the 3d N. C. and 48th Ga., but these regiments, in consequence of the time at which they came up, the nature of the ground, and other causes, suffered but little loss.
This brigade only retired when ordered to do so, the strength of the enemy's works rendering its capture almost impossible.
The truth is, no regiment or brigade can claim to have taken that battery, it was abandoned by the enemy during the night in pursuance of their plan of retreat, and fearing a flank movement next morning.
The courage and obstinacy with which that charge was made, may be inferred from the fact that the 1st North Carolina regiment lost nearly one-half of its effective force, and the 44th Georgia nearly two-thirds.
The following is a list of casualties among the 1st N. C. regiment's officers:
T L Skinner
, Capt Jas
A Wright, Lt. Grandie
Wounded: Col M. S Stokes
, leg broken, Lt. Col McDowell
, in side; Capt Reeves
, mortally, (since dead;) Lt Stokes
, severely, Lt Moore
, slightly, Lt H Fennell
, slightly; Lt Carr
, Lt Lyon
, in knee.
The loss of officers in the 44th Georgia I am unable to furnish you. No troops could have behaved better than they did. Justice.