"Hener to whom honor is Due."
Richmond Va., March 31st, 1862.
To the Editors of the Dispatch:
With much pleasure and pride have I seen the honorable mention of the names of many of those who participated in the late bloody battle near Winchester
, by letter writers, yet it is somewhat mortifying to my mind to see special distinctions made, when all fought so gallantly, and so nobly sustained the reputation and cause of the South
It is not only injustice to the chivalrous and gallant, but an result to modest merit that a "special" few should be the recipients of printed applause and gilded praise.
The gallant Capt. S. T. Walth
, of Co. K, 23d Reg't Va. Vols., whose conduct on that occasion, with his Spartan band of 43, was in every sense commendatory and gallant, has been passed over unnoticed.
He now lies in the Hospital
with his left arm shattered and bruised.
Our army claims not an officer of the same rank more chivalrous and competent than Captain
Walto., while his men, who, within the past twelve months, have shown themselves worthy foemen of the proudestensmy's steel conducted themselves in a man or that would have done honor to the martyrs of Thermocouples.