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The battle at Drainsville.

Camp Centreville, Dec. 27, 1861.
Editors Dispatch:
Several communications have been published in your columns recently, describing the battle at Drainsville, but hone of these contributors have been explicit enough to describe the positions and conduct of the South Carolinians in that engagement. We do not wish to claim for the 6th South Carolina regiment any unmerited honor, but desire simply to place her position and conduct fairly before the public, and to correct some erroneous statements previously made with reference to the loss she sustained in the engagement. A writer was professes to have been with the Kentucky regiment during the engagement states that our loss was fully too, and that the killed and wounded in that regiment was half that amount. The same writer afterwards states the loss of the 6th South Carolina regiment to be 15. Whence he obtained this information we are at a loss to know, her refer the readers of the Dispatch to the report of the killed and wounded of the difference regiments published in the Richmond papers, and at once they will ascertain the loss of the 6th South Carolina to be 65, which from the small number of men in the regiment, 515, was much heavier than that of any other regiment.

The positions of the regiments when drawn up in line of battle have been of finitely and correctly seated.

But the most heartrending scene that presented itself resulted on the part of Kentuckian, who, made the brave Carolinians for the enemy, posted a murderous are into their range, at a distance of not more than forty yards.

This was enough to disconcert and discourage the bravest men, and throw into confusion the best disciplined regiment in the world. But the shock, though very severe, was not sufficient to disperse the Carolinians, white, in five minutes after the reception of this beauty fire, they were again in line of battle proper, and bravely advanced on the enemy.

The Yankees were lying in ambush, and when the advancing column had proceeded within one hundred yards of their line, they opened a terrific fire upon it, which was returned in a manner creditably and honorably to the regiment and the brave soldiers of the Palmetto State. Never were soldier exposed to a more deadly volley, and never are men stand more nobly to their posts.

When completely overpowered by numbers, and well night out-flanked on our left, we were ordered to fail back to a more advantageous position. The regiment left back in good order and reformed, and was shortly after wards withdrawn from the field. The Kentuckian fought well on the left, the Virginians and Alabamians bravely on the right, but the heavy loss sustained by South Carolinains, in the centre, shows concessively that she was in the heat of the fight, and that her sufferance was as severe as any other regiment engaged.

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