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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.12 (search)
eral hours that morning, would never have been sent to the rear to recruit if there had been further need for them in front, but, as General Gordon said of his corps at Appomattox, they had been fought to a frazzle. General J. R. Jones, commanding Jackson's old division on the morning of September 17, reports this division of four brigades as not numbering over 1,600 men at the beginning of the fight, and its casualties as about 700 killed and wounded (War Records, Volume XIX, Part 1, page 1008). This is a very heavy loss-nearly 50 per cent., of which Taliaferro's and Starke's brigades suffered most when Starke led them forward to his death and they were exposed to both a front and a flank fire. Dr. Guild, chief surgeon of the army, reports the killed and wounded of the whole army at 10,291 ( War Records, Volume XIX, Part I, page 813), or almost 30 per cent. This was one of the greatest battles of the Army of Northern Virginia, and there was glory enough for all. James M. Garnett.