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A member of the Palmetto guard writes to the Charleston Mercury:--(no. 32)

Stone Bridge, Bull Run, July 23, 1861.
Since writing you, we have had a terrible, though glorious fight — this makes the second. The fight commenced on the left flank of our line, and we in the centre (Cash's and Kershaw's regiments) received orders to march. When you were. in church, we were in the bloodiest fight recorded that has ever transpired in North America. The day was lost when our two regiments came up. Our troops were falling back, and had retired some distance. Col. Kershaw gave the command “ Forward!” and after some ten or twelve rounds, away went the Yankees. I understand Beauregard said our regiments “ saved the day” --a second battle of Waterloo.

* * * * No regiment ever entered a battle under more depressing circumstances than we did. All along our line of march men were retreating, and saying to us, “We are defeated.” But we went forward, and the day was won.


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