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              [newspaper clipping]
  Of gallant Phil Kearney, General Gordon writes
admiringly, and General McClellan also comes in
for his share of praise.  The former�s death is thus
graphically described:
  Kearney, in his usual gallant, �not to say reck-
less, manner,� dashed past his lines to examine the
ground.  It was growing dark.  A terrific thunder
storm had broken over the two armies.  The rain
fell in torrents, and the lightning overpowered
with its splendor the flashes of musketry and of
artillery.  The thunder claps were deafening.
  The roaring storm �lashed the woods into a fury�
which drowned the noise fo the guns.  The fearless
Kearney galloped into the woods before him.  In
the indistinct light the forest was filled with gloom.
Unconsciously he plunged into the edge of the
enemy�s line.  he confronted a private soldier, but
in the halt darkness he did ont know that that sol-
dier was an enemy.  Kearney had hardly inquired
for the position of one of Reno�s regiments when
he discovered his mistake.  In an instant he turned
his horses�s head towards the Federal lines.  Bend-
ing low in his saddle he plunged his spurs into his
horse, but alas, in vain!  It was the last moment in
the earthly career of this gallant soldier.  The Con-
federate levelled his musket and fired.  The aim
was unerring.  Kearney was pierced through the 
  The book includes an account of the second
battle of Bull Run, which is very comprehensive
and accurate, and is further enriched by a number
of maps, excellently gotten up, explaining the po-
sition of troops in the various battles.  The history
is in brief an interesting and valuable addition to
the annals of our late war.  Houghton, Osgood &
Co., publishers, Boston.               
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