The First Kentucky Regiment.
Camp "Masked Battery," Near Fairfax
, September, 26, 1861.
To the Editors of the Richmond Dispatch.
--Gentlemen:--Permit me, through your columns, to say a few words in reference to the First Regiment of Kentucky. Volunteers, of which we have the honor to be members.
Nearly six months since we left our homes in the "dark and bloody ground" to battle in defence of our mother State, and the cause of our own loved South.
Of the many hard ships we have endured since our arrival in the Old Dominion, (caused chiefly by the cupidity and incompetency of former communities,) this useless to re to here; suffice that we were the first troops to come to the aid of your State in her dark hear of perils.
And since that time we have borne our portion of the hardship incident to a life in the tented-field without murmuring; and although we did not participate in the glorious victory on the plains of Manassas
, yet it was no fault of ours; for the long and painful march from Winchester
will furnish ample testimony of our eagerness to meet our common enemy upon that occasion.
Now our State is involved in all the horrors of civil war, betrayed, by Yankee gold to the Lincoln
dynasty those — to whom her honor had been confided in an evil hour.
Her proud sons are now endeavoring to throw off the meshes of the tyrant, and the, if needs be, in defence of the God-gived right of liberty.
Our mothers, sisters, and wives are there, and subject to the brutal treatment of the Northern
lanaties, hirelings, and marauders.
Here we have lain for two months almost in view of the enemy, and nothing as yet has been accomplished.
Is it strange, then, that our hearts should yearn for the "loved ones at home" in their hour of trouble, or that our eyes should be constantly turning in that direction?
Exiles without a spot which we can call our home, save that which we seek to defend if necessary, with our lives, we ask President Davis
to fulfill the promise made us in front of the Spottswood Hotel
, that "when the crisis came in our own State, we should return to defend those who were near and dear to us."I say, let that promise be fulfilled: and with the gallant Buckner
for our leader, and Col. Taylor
at our head, we promise to carve a road through the Rousseau
's ranks to the homes we left defenceless to fight your battles.
By giving this a place in your columns you will oblige some of the