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[413] for him, and wanted to fight his father's captors. The officer tried to persuade him to turn back, but he was not to be denied. So he succeeded in obtaining a musket and went into the thickest of the battle. He then crept up by degrees within a short distance of the rebel intrenchments, and posted himself behind a tree, from which he kept firing as often as he could see a head to fire at. I-e was soon discovered by the enemy's sharpshooters, who endeavored to drive him away from his position, as he kept picking them off very frequently. One of the rebels who was outside of the work, got a sight on the boy with his rifle, but before he could discharge his piece the little warrior fired, and down went the rebel. As this rebel had a fine minie rifle, the boy ran out and picked it up; taking time to get pouch and balls, together with his knapsack, while the bullets were flying on all sides of him, and then retreated to his wooden breastwork, where he renewed his fire and with better success than before; and after being in the fight all day, he returned to the Seventy-eighth at night with his prizes. Many of the members of that regiment saw the gallant conduct of the little hero, and vouched for the truth of his story.


A brave Irishman.

One of the Indiana regiments was fiercely attacked by a whole brigade, in one of the battles in Mississippi. The Indianians, unable to withstand such great odds, were compelled to fall back about thirty or forty yards, losing, to the utter mortification of the officers and men, their flag, which remained in the hands of the enemy. Suddenly a tall Irishman, a private in the color company, rushed from the ranks

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