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the New York Herald, in which was a dispatch from one of its war correspondents, dated Farmville, Va., April 9, 1865. He spoke of the fight at Sailor's Creek as follows:
"Immense Slaughter of the Enemy.-The slaughter of the enemy in the fight of the 6th instant exceeded anything I ever saw. ground over which they fought was literally strewn with their killed. The fighting was desperate, in many cases hand-to-hand. There were a number of bayonet wounds reported at the hospitals."
He says nothing about the slaughter of his own men. We had an idea that we were doing some "slaughtering" ourselves.
However, this dispatch goes to prove that the fight was no child's play. He then gives a list of some of the rebel officers captured on the 6th instant," as follows:
Navy.-Admiral Hunter, Commodore Tucker, Captain Simms, Midshipman J. H. Hamilton, Lieutenant H. H. Marmaduke, Master W. R. Mays, Midshipman C. F. Sevier, Midshipman T. M. Bowen, Lieutenant C. L. Stanton, Lieutenant J. P. Claybrook, John R. Chisman, Master's-mate, Lieutenant M. G. Porter, Lieutenant R. J. Bowen, Lieutenant W. W. Roberts, Lieutenant J. W. Matterson, Midshipman W. F. Nelson, Lieutenant M. M. Benton, Master'smate S. G. Turner, Lieutenant W. F. Shum, Lieutenant T. C. Pinkney, Captain T. B. Ball, Lieutenant H. Ward, Midshipman B. S. Johnson, Midshipman F. L. Place, Lieutenant D. Trigg, Midshipman T. Berein, Midshipmen C. Myers, J. M. Gardner.
Marine Corps.-Captain George Holmes, Captain T. S. Wilson, Lieutenant F. McKee, Lieutenant A. S. Berry, Lieutenant T. P. Gwinn.
Army Officers.-Lieutenant-General Ewell, General Corse, General Barton, General Hunton, General J. P. Semmes, General Du Bose, General Custis Lee, General Kershaw and staff, Colonel C. C. Sanders, 24th Georgia; Lieutenant-Colonel J. C. Timberlake, 53rd Virginia; Lieutenant N. S. Hutchins, 3rd Georgia; Lieutenant-Colonel Hamilton Phil, Georgia Legion; Major J. M. Goggin, Major E. L. Caston, Captain J. M. Davis, Captain Carwall, Captain J. W. Walker, A. A. G.; Captain C. S. Dwight, Captain McRae Cane, 16th Georgia; Colonel Armstrong, 18th Georgia; Captain L. Bass, 25th Virginia Battery; Lieutenant Colonel E. P. False, 22d Virginia Battery; Major F. C. Smith, 24th Georgia; Captain J. F. Tompkins, 22d Virginia; Lieutenant H. C. Tompkins, 22d Virginia; Captain
W. C. Winn, 22d Virginia; Adjutant S. D. Davies, 47th Virginia; H. W. O. Gatewood, 37th Virginia; Adjutant Williams, 3d Georgia Sharpshooters; Lieutenant J. L. Buford, Captain J. L. Jarrett, 69th Virginia; Lieutenant J. T. Ferneyhough, 20th Virginia Battalion; Captain J. A. Hanes, 55th Virginia; Captain A. Reynolds, 55th Virginia; Captain J. H. Fleet, 55 Virginia; Captain V. H. Fauntleroy, 55th Virginia; Lieutenant W. C. Robinson, 55th Virginia; Lieutenant Thomas Fauntleroy, 55th Virginia; Captain R. T. Bland, 55th Virginia; Adjutant R. L. Williams, 55th Virginia; Lieutenant J. R. P. Humphries, 55th Virginia; Lieutenant E. J. Ragland, 53d Virginia; Lieutenant A. B. Willingham, 53d Virginia; LieutenantColonel T. G. Barbour, 24th Virginia; Captain W. F. Harrison, 24th Virginia; Lieutenant-Colonel James Howard, 18th and 20th Virginia Battalions; Captain A. Austin Smith, ordnance officer; Captain McHenry Howard, General Custis Lee's staff; Lieut. J. F. Porteous, ordnance officer; Maj. J. E. Robertson, 20th Va. Battalion; Captain S. H. Overton, 20th Virginia Battalion; Captain R. K. Hargo, 20th Virginia Battalion; Lieutenant C. W. Hunter, 20th Virginia Battalion; Lieutenant J. H. Lewis, 20th Virginia Battalion; Lieutenant A. G. Williams, 20th Virginia Battalion; Lieutenant B. Scruggs, 20th Virginia Battalion; Lieutenant J. N. Snelson, 20th Virginia Battalion; Lieutenant E. Coffin, 20th Virginia Battalion; Lieutenant Ferneyhough, 20th Virginia Battalion; Lieutenant P. F. Vaden, 20th Virginia Battalion; Lieutenant-Colonel A. D. Bruce, 47th Virginia; Captain E. L. Wharton, 47th Virginia; Lieutenant J. S. Hutt, 47th Virginia; Lieutenant C. Molty, 47th Virginia; Lieutenant-Colonel J. W. Atkinson, 10th and 19th Virginia Battalions; Lieutenant J. L. Cowardin, Adjutant 10th and 19th Virginia Battalions; Captain T. B. Wilkinson, roth Virginia Battalion; Captain T. B. Blake, 10th Virginia Battalion; Captain R. B. Claytor, 10th Virginia Battalion; Captain C. S. Harrison, 10th Virginia Battalion; Lieutenant J. W. Turner, 10th Virginia Battalion; Lieutenant B. G. Andrews, 10th Virginia Battalion; Lieutenant T. C. Talbott, roth Virginia Battalion; Lieutenant A. P. Bohannon, Adjutant Wilson, 10th Virginia Battalion, wounded; Captain J. H. Norton, 18th Virginia Battalion; Lieutenant W. Stevenson, 18th Virginia Battalion; Lieutenant Joseph Russell, 18th Virginia Battalion; Lieutenant S. Doridian, 18th Virginia Battalion; Captain D. L. Smoot, 18th Virginia Battalion; Colonel J. J. Phillips, 9th Virginia; Adjutant C. C. Phillips, 9th Virginia; Lieutenant W. Roane Ruffin, Chamberlayne's Battery; Captain E. B. Coltrane, 24th Virginia; Captain J. W. Barr,
Barr's Battery; Lieutenant W. F. Campbell, Barr's Battery; Captain H. Nelson, 28th Virginia; Lieutenant C. K. Nelson, 28th Virginia; Lieutenant J. B. Leftwich, 28th Virginia; Lieutenant J. N. Kent, 22d Virginia Battalion; Lieutenant H. C. Shepherd, 22d Virginia Battalion; Lieutenant J. E. Glossen, 47th Virginia; Lieutenant R. P. Welling, 12th Mississippi; Chaplain E. A. Garrison, 48th Mississippi; Lieutenant Robert T. Knox, 30th Virginia; Lieutenant J. H. Marshall, 30th Virginia; Captain J. S. Knox, 30th Virginia; Lieutenant St. George Fitzhugh, Pegram Artillery; Lieutenant T. L. Roberts, 34th Virginia; Lieutenant J. S. Watts, 46th Virginia; Lieutenant J. T. Fowler, 46th Virginia; Major M. B. Hardin, 18th Virginia Battalion; Adjutant W. H. Laughter, 18th Virginia Battalion; Captain W. S. Griffin, 18th Virginia Battalion; Captain L. B. Madison, 58th Virginia; Lieutenant Judson Hundron, Lieutenant J. Foyler, 58th Virginia; Lieutenant John Addison, 17th Virginia; Lieutenant-Colonel G. Tyler, 17th Virginia; Lieutenant J. B. Hill, 53d Virginia; Sergeant-Major J. S. Miller, 20th Virginia Battalion; Lieutenant M. H. Daughty, 11th Florida; Captain Winder, Young's Battery; Lieutenant J. C. Murray, Young's Battery; Captain W. S. Randall, General Custis Lee's staff; Colonel J. T. Crawford, 51st Georgia; Colonel James Dickey, 51st Georgia; Captain W. R. McClain, 51st Georgia; Captain J. H. Faulkner, 51st Georgia; Captain R. N. Askew, 51st Georgia; Captain V. B. Baglow, 51st Georgia; Lieutenant J. A. Brown, 51st Georgia; Lieutenant C. W. S. Swanson, Captain H. J. Otis, 2d North Carolina, Evans' Brigade; Lieutenant P. A. Green, 3d Georgia; Captain W. G. Baird, 24th North Carolina; Colonel P. McLaughlin, 50th Georgia; Captain W. A. Smith, 50th Georgia; Captain G. E. Fahn, 50th Georgia; Lieutenant Thompson, 35th North Carolina; Lieutenant J. B. Purcell, 56th Virginia.
The above list will doubtless be of interest to old soldiers who may chance to see it.
THOMAS BALLARD BLAKE, Late Captain Company E, 10th Va. Battalion Artillery.
[From the Augusta, Ga., Chronicle, April, 1897.]
THE BEAU SABREUR OF GEORGIA.
A Fitting Tribute to the Gallant General P. M. B. Young, C. S. A.
At a recent meeting of the Confederate Survivors' Association, in Augusta, President Eve, in lieu of his annual address, read a tribute. to the valor and worth of the late General P. M. B. Young, that will prove a valuable addition to the archives of the Association. It is as follows:
Gentlemen of the Confederate Survivors' Association:
I have been selected by your committee to present this tribute to the memory of our old commander and one of your honorary members, General G. M. P. Young. Pardon the seeming egotism -in reference unavoidable-in mentioning his services on the coast of Georgia and South Carolina, and shall offer this in lieu of the customary annual address of the President of this Association, as it is the historian's duty to keep up your records.
Comrades of the Cobb Legion, Georgia Cavalry, little did we think as we marched the streets of Richmond, Va., at our late reunion, to the soul-stirring, familiar airs of our old war songs, that he 'who had so often ridden at the head of your squadron, whose sabre had so often flashed in your front, the true hero of "The Cobb Legion, Georgia Cavalry," your Adjutant in 1861, your Major and Lieutenant-Colonel in 1862, your Colonel in 1863, your BrigadierGeneral in 1864 and 1865, P. M. B. Young, was then lying at the point of death, in the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, far, far away from home, kith and kindred. True to his knightly instincts, when satisfied that he had a mortal hurt, unwilling to be a charge to his numerous friends or for them to witness his agony, he went to die alone! True to his proud spirit, he had wrested for a long time with the dread disease, while his intimates, looking only at that grand physique—" the typical cavalryman "—whenever a spasm of pain would contract his handsome countenance, recollecting what they had gone through together, would accuse him of becoming a hypochondriac, and he, with a merry laugh, would retort: "My heart has gone back on me." He who was so well qualified to have
made a happy home-who was one of the most lovable of men—as we have served with him know-died in a New York hospital hundreds of miles from his beloved Georgia.
IDENTIFIED. WITH THE COBB LEGION.
His history was our history, his glorious record ours. distinctly a creation of "The Cobb Legion," and they felt that indescribable attachment that men feel for comrades who have bled with them on more than one hard contested field.
Though General Thomas R. R. Cobb had organized the legion, he was a noted man in Georgia before it was formed. Though Colonel William G. Deloney was our "Chevalier Bayard," sans peur et sans reproche, he fell at the zenith of his glory, September, 1863. Though General G. J. Wright was as brave and gallant as man could be, yet they all were older; we expected much of them.
It was not the same feeling we had for Pierce Young. As Colonel Baker, of the 1st North Carolina Cavalry, told him at Middletown, Maryland, September 12, 1862, where, after a hard day's fight, incensed at some slighting remark that Baker had made of a charge of "The Cobb Legion," he defied him to mortal combat then and there, "on horseback or on foot, with sabre or pistol, or any way he would fight." "Why, Pierce, you are nothing but a boy, you forget yourself; I came here to fight Yankees, not as good a soldier as you." Unmindful of the emphatic berating of his junior officer, conscious of his own courage, demonstrated in many a fierce encounter, instead of arresting him for disrespect, he laughed at the boyishness displayed even before his own regiment, who, with the older men of Young's Regiment, always so regarded the affront. Far from being perfect, we forgave his faults, even as a father would those of a spoiled child-for a spoiled child in many of his actions was Pierce Young, even to the day of his death.
A West Point cadet, he promptly resigned on the secession of Georgia, and offered his services to the Confederacy, and was assigned to duty as adjutant to Colonel Thomas R. R. Cobb, then organizing his legion "on the peninsular." Being a born soldier and with his military training, it was easy for him to infuse into that command, then consisting of six companies of infantry, four of cavalry and the afterwards famous Troup Artillery of Athens, the esprit du corps they were so noted for.