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ion. It was impossible to ascertain who they were, and Col. Taylor questioned them. They responded evasively, and after some parleying, inquired who we were. Capt Desha, of Co. C, responded defiantly, "the First Kentucky." We could hear them repeat the words, and immediately they gave us a fearful response. I have seen it hailing his boys, and bravely confronting death. A wound in the left hand and a shot through the boot top constitutes his injuries. Unanimous honor is given to Captain Jo. Desha, of Company C. He acted with all the gallantry of his noble nature, standing far in front of his company, and deliberately firing at the enemy. He finally ate battle. Col. Taylor, of the 1st Kentucky, narrowly escaped capture from the enemy. He had rallied his regiment, and left the left wing under charge of Capt. Desha. Eventually it became necessary to retire, and while absent at a distant part of the field rallying his men, the regiment fell back. Finding some of the wound