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120 Southern Historical Society Papers.

The brigades of Generals Cooke, McRae and Lane, the last under the temporary command of General Conner, advanced through a thick abattis of felled trees, under a heavy fire of musketry and artillery, and carried the enemy's works with a steady courage that elicited the warm commendation of their corps and division com- manders and the admiration of the army.

On the same occasion the brigade of General Barringer bore a con- spicuous part in the operations of the cavalry, which were no less distinguished for boldness and efficiency than those of the infantry.

If the men who remain in North Carolina share the spirit of those they have sent to the field, as I doubt not they do, her defence may securely be trusted to their hands.

I am, with great respect,

Your obedient servant,

R. E. LEE, General.

[Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch, August 22, 1891.]

COMPANY D, EIGHTEENTH VIRGINIA INFANTRY.

Re-Union of Survivors War Roster of the Company.

PROSPECT, VA., August 21, 1891.

The soldiers' reunion near here yesterday was by all conceded to be the most enjoyable event of recent date. The Alliance people and old soldiers united in a joint pic-nic of mammoth proportions. More than five hundred persons were present men, women and children and when they were well served from the groaning, over- loaded table a like number could have been amply supplied.

Your senior can well attest the fact that for rousing pic-nics, with all the edible meats, fruits and dainties, this neighborhood cannot be beaten.

This was the first effort since the war to reorganize Company D, of the Eighteenth regiment the old Prospect Rifle Grays and twenty-five answered to the roll call, and eleven of other companies of this regiment were found present, mainly of the Thornton Picket Camp, of Farmville.