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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 6. (ed. Frank Moore) 14 0 Browse Search
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upporting during the day the batteries in the centre, and a single brigade of Morell's division. Before I left the right to return to the centre, I became satisfied that the line would be held without these two brigades, and countermanded the order which was in course of execution. The effect of Burnside's movement on the enemy's right was to prevent the further massing of their troops on their left, and we held what we had gained. Burnside's corps, consisting of Wilcox's, Sturgis's and Rodman's divisions, and Cox's Kanawha division, was intrusted with the difficult task of carrying the bridge across the Antietam, near Rohrback's firm, and assaulting the enemy's right, the order having been communicated to him at ten o'clock A. M. The valley of the Antietam, at and near the bridge, is narrow, with high banks. On the right of the stream the bank is wooded, and commands the approaches both to the bridge and the ford. The steep slopes of the bank were lined with rifle-pits and b
guns, when they were brought to a halt by the most splendid artillery firing of the war. The rebels soon got their guns into a position commanding our own, but in five minutes time it became too hot for them. They changed to another position, but were in less time driven from that. Finally they galloped over a meadow, our shells thickly flying after them, and planting their guns directly in front of the grove, one mile and a half distant. They had hardly fired a shell, however, before our Rodman tenpounders so ploughed the ground around them as to cause a skedaddle out of sight. This ended the artillery firing for that day, having proved for the twentieth time the superiority of our artillery over that of the rebels. About half-past 3 o'clock all became quiet, and we supposed the contest had ended for the day. About five o'clock, however, the skirmishing was renewed in an orchard on the right, between the dismounted cavalrymen, and continued until dusk, the Sixth regulars in the
gave the command, and the work of murder commenced. The passengers were mostly ladies, and the few gentlemen were unarmed. They first killed George Meyer, by shooting him in the back. Meyer was formerly in this city, and when Colonel Peabody was here after the siege of Lexington, he was in Major Berry's cavalry command, acting as Quartermaster. For a time he was Sergeant-Major of the Fifth cavalry, Colonel Penick. During the last winter he was frequently engaged, with Assistant Secreretary Rodman, in the Senate at Jefferson City, in writing up the journal. He was a young man of the most generous impulses, and will be mourned by a large number of men, who will avenge his death. The cowardly butchers next blew out the brains of William Henry, a member of Captain Wakerlin's company. He, too, was a St. Joseph boy, and was formerly engaged in a stall in our city market, and at one time, we think, labored for John P. Hax, a meat-dealer. He leaves a wife and four children in our
assachusetts volunteers composed my line of skirmishers, supported by the Thirty-eighth Massachusetts volunteers, Lieut.-Colonel Rodman. The advance of my skirmishers was hotly contested by the enemy, who was driven before them. A skirmish fighters were captured, one hundred and fifty stands of arms, and thirty cavalry horses, with all their equipments. Lieut.-Colonel Rodman, Thirty-eighth Massachusetts volunteers, mentions a case of marked coolness and bravery on the part of private Patested; and the ammunition of the Thirty-first being exhausted, they were relieved by the Thirty-eighth Massachusetts, Col. Rodman, who deployed as skirmishers. About two o'clock, an order was received from General Banks to move on the enemy's intr moment another order arrived that they should advance, and, if they could reach the enemy's works, enter them. As Colonel Rodman rode alone the line for the purpose of issuing his commands, the enemy's sharp-shooters fired upon him. He was the on