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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.12 (search)
lowed Smith along the sands, And Raleigh around the seas. About noon we were ordered to fall in, and in a few moments Toombs' skeleton brigade took position on the left overlooking Antietam bridge. Burnside had commenced his attack. Just at thilow, Bob Lee, a private in the battery, the son of our Commander-in-Chief, when it disappeared down the hill. And then Toombs got to work in earnest. No words can describe the gallant fight he made to keep Burnside from crossing the bridge. Agaihe fighting on our left, which had broken out with redoubled fury. About 3 P. M. we received a shock, for the remains of Toombs' Georgians came tearing down the hill, and then all the batteries across the bridge opened and swept the hill where we wethe bridge is lost all is lost, made General Burnside overcautious. When he received orders to attack at noon he allowed Toombs, with less than 400 men, to delay the crossing of the Ninth Corps for three hours. Had Burnside followed Napoleon's tacti