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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The battle of New Market, Va., again, (search)
en a run for it, with the uneasy feeling of a probable volley in the back at any moment. It is said that there is but a step from the sublime to the ridiculous. In camp, while volunteers were falling into line for the expedition, W. E. Kyle called to a relative, J. K. Kyle, to come up to the front. Go on, Emmett, my boy, cried the latter; I glory in your spunk, but I have a wife and a stake in the country. A young fellow in the Chowan Light Infantry, when informed that we were about to charge the redoubt at the point of the bayonet, exclaimed in all the proud consciousness of a big tidewater plantation and hundreds of negroes, Hell! if the Confederacy is so bad off for guns I'll get father to buy half a dozen cannon for it. I doubt not that there are some survivors of that expedition among the old soldiers of Virginia and North Carolina, who can corroborate my account, I may be repeating a story, but I have never seen it in print. J. M. H. Fayetteville. N. C. December 26th.