rty assures me, and Capt. Allen will, I believe, cordially indorse his statement — that nothing could exceed the magnanimity of the Confederate officers towards their prisoners, wounded or unwounded.
Not a harsh word fell from them to mortify or insult the men who had just struggled with them, sword to sword, and bayonet to bayonet; but on the contrary, they displayed a lively solicitude for their comfort.
This kindness was especially conspicuous in the artillery and cavalry officers.
Capt. Ball, who, whilst a prisoner at Washington, had been guarded by a detachment of the Seventy-first, was assiduous in his hospitable attentions.
He and his men (who were not in the fight as has been reported) sent milk, eggs, and brandy.
A farmer in the neighborhood, named Rickett, was very kind.
He and his wife sent the national wounded soup, gruel, and a young lamb.
They feel especially grateful to Capts. White and Patrick, and Col. Barker.
The latter said to them, Take good care of yourse
ational troops, and the Seventy-first had their hands full, a shell took off the foot of a comrade of Mr. Doherty, his rear man, in company A. Mr. D. immediately proceeded to carry the poor fellow to the hospital, and had hardly done so when the bugle sounded the retreat, and his regiment, with the rest of the troops, were retiring rapidly, leaving him far behind.
He at once made a dash for his own freedom, and gained almost alone an open field, where a party of Confederate troops, under Capt. Darker, took him prisoner, and conducted him to the hospital at Sudley Church.
Here he found Dr. Pugnet amputating the arm of a private of the Seventy-first, and assisted him to the best of his ability in the performance of various surgical operations the whole afternoon.
Twelve surgeons were prisoners in the church, and these remained there for the relief of the wounded — nearly all of whom were nationals — all night.
There were 286 wounded at this place, 70 being exposed in the open air for