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dered at from the similarity of uniform and the mean advantages above referred to taken by our unscrupulous foes. They pressed our left flank for several hours with terrible effect, but our men flinched not until their number had been so diminished by the well-aimed and steady volleys that they were compelled to give way for new regiments. The 7th and 8th Georgia regiments, commanded by the gallant and lamented Bartow, are said to have suffered heavily during the early part of the battle. Kemper's, Shields', and Pendleton's batteries were in this part of the field, and did fearful execution. I regret to be unable to name all the regiments engaged, in their order, not having succeeded in ascertaining their position. I am inclined to believe there was some mistake during the day in the delivery or execution of an order of Gen. Beauregard's respecting an attack on the enemy's rear, which was not effected. Between 2 and 3 o'clock large numbers of men were leaving the field, some of
inians — Kershaw's and Cocke's — were ordered to advance. Kemper's battery was attached to Kershaw's. As these troops advanBeauregard, Gen. Bonham sent Col. Kershaw's regiment, with Kemper's battery of four guns annexed, and Col. Cash's regiment, and hope seemed almost gone, that the gallant Second, with Kemper's battery, and the Eighth, of bonham's brigade, under a prlle; and as they went along the turnpike back, the play of Kemper's battery was as admirable as is often seen. The road is their account. The regiments of Kershaw and Cash, with Kemper's Battery, followed to within a mile of Centreville. The advance of the Second and Eighth Carolina regiments, with Kemper's battery from the centre at 2 o'clock, after several fier of skill and judgment. I spoke of the efficiency of Capt. Kemper's action on the flying enemy, but I did not mention that it was difficult to distinguish enemies from friends, Capt. Kemper was surrounded by about twenty Zouaves, and his sword w
istency between the statement of the officer of the Ordnance Department and that of the Secretary of War, and fully relieves the latter functionary of the charges of duplicity and falsehood so vehemently pressed by the gentleman from Madison (General Kemper) and others, who seem resolved to find in this insignificant affair something monstrous and unendurable. The following letters — which I will read to the House — explain clearly the whole transaction, and will remove all ground for panic. s not on the statute-book. If it be there, it is easy to show it. If I am wrong, let my colleagues here set me right; and lest, perhaps, I may be in error, I ask them, one and all — I appeal to you, Mr. Speaker, to the gentleman from Madison, Gen. Kemper, to my ardent disunion friend from Stafford, Mr. Seddon, to all the confessed secessionists in this body, and to all such outside of this body, to put their finger on one Federal law in the least degree infringing the constitutional rights of <
h regiments South Carolina volunteers; of Shields' and Del Kemper's batteries, and of Flood's, Radford's, Payne's, Ball's, Wies of Virginia cavalry. Early's brigade, consisting of Kemper's 7th, Early's 24th regiment of Virginia volunteers, Hays'over one and a half miles from Bull Run. At the same time Kemper, supported by two companies of light infantry, occupied a a light battery was pushed forward by the enemy, whereupon Kemper threw only six solid shot, with the effect of driving backe movement on the part of that officer. The purposes of Kemper's position having now been fully served, his pieces and sus of his regiment, Second South Carolina, and one piece of Kemper's battery, were thrown across Mitchell's Ford to the ridge which Kemper had occupied that morning. Two solid shot, and three spherical case thrown among them — with a precision inaue general officer in command. It is due, however, to J. L. Kemper, Virginia forces, to express my sense of the value of h
o aid the left wing. This regiment, to which was attached Kemper's battery, followed by the 8th, Col. Cash, hurried to the r a severe struggle took place between this regiment, with Kemper's battery attached, unsupported, and an immense force of Us around rushed to their support, but the terrific fire of Kemper's battery was too much for them. They reeled again and brMarylanders, and partly of Crescent Blues of New Orleans. Kemper's battery had not been able to keep up with us in the fligon shot and Minie balls, again fell back. On we went, and Kemper having now overtaken us, we deployed, and allowed him to uorce, the 2d and 8th South Carolina regiments, assisted by Kemper's battery, maintained the day, and upheld the ancient honoe numbers before him. Too much honor cannot be given to Capt. Kemper. His coolness and presence of mind was unshaken at anyhurling destruction into the ranks of the foe. Kershaw and Kemper both deserve to be made Brigadier-Generals, as this great