Notwithstanding all that has been said of the destructive character of the bowie-knife, we never conceived that it would be actually used in a great battle, and with such irresistible effect.
Who ever before dreamed of a regiment with nothing but bowie-knives
, charging another regiment armed with the best guns and bayonets, and literally cutting them to pieces?
Yet such was one of the many wonderful occurrences of the wonderful battle of the 21st.
The effect of this novel operation is said to have been remarkable.--The regiment thus assaulted, which had fought bravely enough with bullets, quailed under the operation of this dreadful weapon, and shouted ‘"Murder"’ at the top of their voices.
The cold steel, especially in the shape of an Arkansas tooth-pick, is an auxiliary which every Southern soldier should cherish.