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Captain Db Kay's Exploit.--One of the neatest exploits of the Norfolk campaign was performed by Capt. Drake De Kay, of Gen. Mansfield's staff, while awaiting the General's arrival at a house called Moore's Ranch, a kind of summer hotel kept by a man named Moore, at Ocean View, the place of debarkation. All the white men and most of the women of this vicinity had fled — it was said by those they had left behind, to the woods, to prevent being forced into the rebel service. Captain De Kay, while supper was being prepared, mounted his horse and determined to explore the country, followed only by his negro servant. As he was passing a swamp toward evening, he came suddenly upon seven of the secession troops, who were lurking by the roadside, and were armed with double-barrelled guns. The Captain turned and shouted to his (imaginary) company to prepare to charge, and then riding forward rapidly, revolver in hand, told the men they were his prisoners, as his cavalry would soon be upon
vindicate the right; Bid your sons from field and town, Through summer's smile and winter's frown Make ready for the fight. Now that you have drawn the sword, Throw away the useless sheath, Hear your destiny's award-- Drive the invaders from your sward, Or lay your heads beneath. In the field with conflict rife, None must falter, yield, or fly; Honor, liberty, and life, All are staked upon the strife, You must “do or die.” Let your daughters shed no tear, Though their dearest may be slain; None for self must hope or fear, All with joy their burdens bear, Till you are free again. By the consecrated soil Where your Washington had birth, Keep your homes from ruthless spoil, Keep your shield from spot or soil, Or perish from the earth. New-Albany, Indiana, April 28, 1863. Mr. Frank Moore, Editor rebellion record: The inclosed is a genuine rebel ode, which came to my hands last year. It seems to have more merit than most of their productions. Very respectfully, F. Wills