MOBILE REGISTER AND ADVERTISER, April 8, 1864, p. 2, c. 3
Army of Tennessee, March 30, 1864.
. . . The 38th Alabama Regiment having lost its flag at "the Ridge," has gotten a new one. Its colors are quite glaring and showy. It bears the following inscriptions—Hoover's Gap, (I believe) McLemore's Cove, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Crowe's Valley, and Rock Face Mountain. This is certainly settling up business on the full extent of one's capital, if not using borrowed funds. The regiment was, to be sure, at Hoover's Gap, but nobody of the regiment except Captain Posey was actually in the fight. The regiment was neither fired at, nor visible to the enemy, nor did it fire a gun. At McLemore's Cove, one company, perhaps two, of the regiment, was deployed as skirmishers. I do not think they fired a gun, or were fired at. The Cove affair was a complete fizzle all round the board.
The regiment has no claim to Rock Face Mountain. Not a man of the regiment was so much as on the Mountain, much less in the fight there, except Capt. Posey and thirteen of his men. But why do I make this correction? Simply because the truth is always sacred, and the truth of history is especially worth preserving. He is a guilty man who, even by his silence, allows it to be misstaged. I do not know who "got up" the inscriptions, but that does not alter the case. . . . Sharpshooter.