Report of Capt. Edgar Whitehead, Radford’s Rangers, of Pursuit July 22
O.R.– SERIES I–VOLUME 2 [S# 2] — CHAPTER IX, p.573
CENTREVILLE, July 28, 1861
SIR: On the morning of the 22d instant I was ordered by General Longstreet to accompany Colonel Terry, of Texas, and pursue the enemy, and find out their exact position. On reaching Centreville we found the main body had fled, and we pursued the stragglers, taking twenty-five or thirty prisoners on the route to Fairfax Court-House, where Colonel Terry shot down the United States flag and placed the stars and bars on the top of the court-house. The large flag sent back by him was intended, we learned, to be put up at Manassas. Another was taken from the Court-House, and the third one, to which you probably refer, was taken from some soldier by Private R. L. Davies, of my company, who had it in a haversack–no doubt to be raised on the first captured battery taken. It had no staff, but was carried carefully wrapped in the haversack.
Captain Company E, Radford’s Rangers
Col. THOMAS JORDAN,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Manassas
For particulars in regard to horses, wagons, guns, and ready-made clothing, see Colonel Terry’s note to General Longstreet.(*)