[Inclosure Numbers 1.]
HDQRS. 41ST VIRGINIA INFANTRY, MAHONE'S Brigadier,
May 21, 1864.
SIR: I have the honor to state that I know that I saw a stand of colors with a lot of prisoners sent by me to the rear, which were captured by Private Thomas W. Savage, of Company I, of this regiment, on the 12th of this month, in a charge made by this brigade on the enemy, and that the said Savage recaptured from the enemy at the same time two North Carolinians of General Lane's brigade. I believe the colors was from the Seventeenth Michigan Regiments. The statement of Lieutenant J. B. Riddick, of Company I, of this regiment, who was an eye-witness of the transaction, will more fully explain the matter. There were several non-commissioned officers and privates who know the same facts and whose statement can be procured if deemed necessary.
WM. H. ETHEREDGE,
Major, Commanding Forty-first Virginia Infantry.
[Inclosure Numbers 2.]
IN LINE OF BATTLE, May 21, 1864.
I know Private Thomas W. Savage to be a truthful and reliable man, and I take pleasure in stating that I believe he is wholly entitled to the credit of capturing the colors of the enemy on the 12th of May. I did not see the transaction because I was int he center of the regiment all the time, and Company I is on the extreme left.
R. B. BRINKLEY,
Captain Co. I, and Actg. Major 41st Virginia Infantry.
[Inclosure Numbers 3.]
HEADQUARTERS ANDERSON'S DIVISION,
May 21, 1864.
Company I, Forty-first Virginia:
General Mahone desires your statement of the facts connected with the capture of the colors of the Seventeenth Michigan Regiment and the Fifth-first Pennsylvania Regiment. Your early attention to this matter is desired.
THOS. S. MILLS,
Thomas W. Savage, of my company, captured one stand of colors. Regiment not known.
J. B. RIDDICK,
Lieutenant, Commanding Company I.
WILCOX'S LIGHT DIVISION,
June 11, 1864.
Colonel W. H. TAYLOR,
SIR: I have the honor to return the papers of General Mahone with reference to the capture of flags from the enemy on the 12th