Just a couple of things to notice about Withers’ report: I’m pretty sure his is the only Confederate report I’ve posted so far that specifically identifies the 14th Brooklyn (NYSM), and Withers even goes so far as to refer to them – correctly – as Chasseurs. Once again we see the misidentification of a Union battery as Sherman’s Battery. In this case I think Withers was actually referring to Ricketts’ Battery. And note also the claim regarding Union forces displaying a Confederate flag. Most likely the confusion was the result of the very similar appearance of the Confederate First National flag (the Stars and Bars) to Old Glory. It’s also possible that the troops in question (probably gathered about the Stone House) were waving a captured flag. But I have seen nothing so far to indicate that they were purposely displaying one to deceive the enemy.
Withers’ Report18 04 2008