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e extreme right, in and behind the woods on the Antietam. The left riched to the Northwest across the Sharpsburg . The line was between four and five miles . The rebel left was in the woods, directly in of Gen. Hooker, and their force was posted across the valley between us and Sharpsburg, in a very nearly parallel with that of the Federal . The account says: General Hooker had the honor to open this great combat. He commanded the corps formerly under General McDowell, composed of Rickers's division. Mead's (McCalls formerly) and King's divisions. Many of there came up in the night, and there was perhaps a little confusion in posting them. Mead a men say that they slept among the rebels. Owing this over near neighborhood the pickets got at the night, and kept up a mattering fire until the battle began. General Mead, who was thus nearest the rebels, was relieved at daylight by Gen. Ricketts's division, which also immediately advanced against the enemy, supported by the