are already in progress to secure lead, saltpetre, sheet copper, leather, &c., along the Florida coast.
In view of these facts, I would respectfully recommend that proper guns and works be placed at Georgetown, South Carolina, at the mouth of the Santee river, and at Saint Marks and Apalachicola, Florida; that an engineer officer be designated to examine other inlets or places on the coast where vessels may enter, and to provide protection for them; that the Quartermaster-General be instructed to direct his officers to furnish transportation for cotton and supplies when called upon by the agents of this bureau.
I have the honor to be,
Your obedient servant,
Thos. L. Bayne,
General George H. Steuart's Brigade at the Battle of Gettysburg.
[The following communication comes appropriately within a rule adopted in determining what we shall publish, viz: that we always prefer to have accounts of battles from those who participated in them. It is true, of course, that participants in a battle can only see a small part of the field, and are liable to fall into errors as to the movements of other troops; but where intelligent and reliable soldiers tell what they actually saw, or did, it is most valuable "material for the use of the future historian," which he can sift by comparing it with the narratives of other eye-witnesses, and the official reports of the officers in command.]
Baltimore, July 19th, 1876.
Rev. J. Wm. Jones, Secretary Southern Historical Society:
Dear Sir— In the interest of truth, and for the vindication of a brigade that captured and held for twelve (12) hours a position in rear and not four hundred (400) yards from the summit of Cemetery Hill, we desire to place side by side with that of General O. O. Howard our account of the fighting on the Federal right at Gettysburg. The simple facts, as we have narrated them, can be substantiated by a number of soldiers who were actively engaged in this part of the field.
Very respectfully yours,
William P. Zollinger,
Lieutenant Company A, 2d Maryland Infantry.
D. R. Howard,
Privates Company A, 2d Maryland Infantry, C.S.A.