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[218] third time. That time our boys, each planting what Charles Lamb calls ‘a terribly fixed foot’ upon the plateau, held it to keep—held it like bulldogs, but like bulldogs baited by boys, and snarling at each attack. The plateau had grown dangerous. The enemy once more recovering was advancing upon them in a solid mass. Just then Ewell came up like a healthy breeze, to be welcomed with cheers. A moment later a shell came shrieking along. To it rebel yells responded somewhere in the advance and, freed from his ‘delightful excitement,’ Jackson rushed up like a whirlwind. The fighting in and around the battery was hand to hand, and many fell from bayonet wounds. Jackson came up and said the brigade should have the captured battery. ‘I thought the men would go wild with cheering, especially the Irishmen.’

Taylor's Louisianians bore from the valley two trophies, shared by no others. In the words of General Ewell: ‘To General Taylor and his brigade belong the honor of deciding two battles—that of Winchester and this one.’ ‘This one’—Port Republic, Jackson's closing victory—was a victory in which the glory largely belonged to Harry Hays' faithful Seventh. During the flank movement of Taylor's brigade, he had looked around for the Seventh, without seeing it. Up the slope, fighting sturdily, he was struggling. Riflemen were shelling his brigade from the slope. ‘Dislodge me yonder riflemen,’ he ordered. Two companies of the Ninth Louisiana were sent to do the dislodging, and did it cleverly. ‘Where is Hays?’ Taylor kept asking himself while mounting the dangerous slope. At last, the lost Seventh came into view sadly cut up. The Seventh had been with the rear of Taylor's column, when he marched out; and the thin line that remained was so pressed that Jackson ordered Hays to stop, and meet the enemy's rush. ‘Where have you been, boys?’ asked Taylor, much relieved in mind, when the regiment reappeared. ‘Been! ’

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