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Waitt, Ernest Linden, History of the Nineteenth regiment, Massachusetts volunteer infantry , 1861-1865, Chapter 17: to South Mountain and Antietam. (search)
h by. At last, Halt was ordered, in a wheat field in full view of the battle, and the men expected to be allowed to pass the night where they were, but the sun was just setting when another order came to Fall in and the march was resumed. Across a little brook and to he other side of the valley was but a short march and the regiment soon halted in the vicinity of the troops who had been fighting that day and on the very spot where the batteries had been seen in the afternoon. The body of Gen. Reno had been carried by them on the road and here they learned that Gen. Burnside had carried the heights. It was this conflict that the men had witnessed as they reached the summit of the hill. On the following morning, Sept. 15, the regiment was ordered up the road where Burnside's troops had charged the day before. The hill was very steep. When the summit was reached a halt of some duration was made. The view of Pleasant Valley from this point was very beautiful and when Jack Adams
e sound of a sputtering fire that grew momentarily louder. Hooker is engaged Why do we wait? Yet we wait! We wait! Now the Ninth Corps dresses its lines, deploys its columns, and advances. The storm bursts upon the right with dread, magnificent power. The concentric fire of many guns sweeps the heroic Ninth. They near the foot of the hill and from behind the Sunken Road and the stone wall bursts a bright sheet of flame. The blue line melts away, but still it staggers forward. Reno's old brigade reaches the road. They hold their own. They gather head. The enemy flee up the hill and the day is half won. Hancock rushes forward with his division, but Early flings himself down the hill with his fresh troops,—a few minutes' wild work and the position is lost again, and the shattered brigades of the Ninth fall back in the rear of Hancock's advancing line. A little while the anxious forces held in reserve await the reforming of the broken Ninth, Then word comes that Re
....................................... 323 Ream's Station, Va.,.............................................. 343, 346 Reardon, D. F.,.............................................. 249 Rectortown,.......................................................... 158 Redding, Michael,.......................................... 171, 186 Reed, John H., Qr. M. Gen.,........................................... 6, 10 Reichardt, Joseph,.................................................... 331 Reno, General,..................................................... 129 Restell, John Jr.,............................................... 107, 329 Return to Boston,................................................... 297 Reynolds, General,................................................... 225 Reynolds, John P., Jr., 4, 8, 23, 24, 28, 43, 47, 49, 51, 116, 127, 135, 141. 145, 151, 192, 222, 258, 261, 264 Revere, Surgeon,...................................................... 89 Review, The Gran