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The battle of Kernstown.

--A correspondent sends us two communications, clipped from the Lynchburg Republican, relative to the gallantry of the 42d Virginia regiment in the battle of Kernstown. If our correspondent will refer to the Dispatch of the 8th inst., he will find copious extracts from the letters to which he alludes.

Another correspondent willing from "Camp Kettles," near Mt. Jackson, April 4th, furnishes some additional incidents of the fight. We append an extract, from which it will be seen that the due meed of praise is given to the 42d:

The 48th Virginia regiment, Col, Campbell commanding, was with Capt. Shumaker's battery, our only reserve. Col. Burks's 42d Virginia regiment, and the Hampden Artillery, were on our extreme right until the fight become general, when they plunged into the thickest of the fire. Though the day was far spent, the gallant 42d were sufficiently long engaged to loose many of its men and several of its beet officers, and its timely arrival enabled our broken regiment to retire in good order from "the field of blood. Since the day of the battle Col. Achby's cavalry, with two pieces of cannon of Capt. Chew's battery, and a rifle piece of the Hampden Artillery, under Lieut. Caskie, have been fighting our pursuers every day, and have done much exception in their ranks. Our courier has just informed me that Cot. Ashby had learned from reliable information that Lieut. Caskie, in the streets of Woodstock, had fired several shells into a charging regiment of cavalry, only 300 yards off, and that he had killed 60 men and a large number of their horses. The enemy then opened on our men with their battery of four pieces, and though their shells fall thickly in our midst, not one man was killed on our side. They will, doubtless, be a little more particular how they charge our batteries again. Company "F" has done a good deal of skirmishing lately, and killed several of the enemy's skirmishers. The enemy is repairing the bridge near Edinburg, which was haunt by Ashby, and they may possibly not follow as for some days.--The "Stonewall" to watching their movements close at hand. Our furloughed men are hastening back.

J. N. S.

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