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A daring Feat. On the evening of the 9th inst., and after the battle was over for that day, four members of the 27th Va. regiment, which had participated in the hottest of the fight, took it into their heads to have a little private reconnaissance into the Yankee lines, on their own account. Their names are Hospital Stewart Palton, of Co. D; Color-bearer Powell, of Co. G; Lieut. Edgar, of Co. E; and Sergeant Davis, of Co. F. The enemy had been driven three miles and the 27th regiment was resting for the night on the remote line of the battle-field next to their rear column. After traveling cautiously for several hundred yards without interruption, these four daring Confederate soldiers, having only two muskets in their possession, passed into the Federal lines. Shortly afterwards they heard low talking in some thick underbrush, and immediately demanded; "Who's there?" "Union pickets." was the quick rejoinder. "Advance, Union pickets, throw down your arms, and surrender, or w