The end of a "Foreign" battalion.
's battalion of Yankee prisoners, who took the oath and entered the Confederate
service, has "gone up." The Columbia South Carolinian
gives the following account of their conduct, which may serve as a lesson for the future:
Four of the six companies constituting the battalion were sent forward, under acting Lieutenant-Colonel J. Hampden Brooks
--the companies commanded respectively by First Lieutenant Vincent F. Martin
, Second Lieutenant John C. Minott
, First Lieutenant J. Lewis Wardlaw
, and First Lieutenant Eldred Simkins
; the three first of the First South Carolina regular infantry, the last of the First South Carolina regular artillery.
For some time after going to the front, the conduct of the command was generally good.
They were several times under the fire of was wounded.
They were generally steady on duty.
On or about the 15th instant, when encamped within about seven hundred yards of the enemy's outposts, Sherman
sent a secret emissary, promising amnesty if they immediately joined him, and great severity if they did not, and they should fall into his hands.
The battalion, with a few exceptions, immediately decided upon going over to the enemy and upon capturing or, if necessary, killing their officers.--This, which was to be done at a concerted signal, was discovered in time.--Seven of their number were shot on the spot, and the remainder have been remanded to the Federal