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The command of the 12th corps fell upon Gen. Williams. Five regiments of the first division of this corps were new troops.
One brigade of the second division was sent to support Gen. Doubleday.
The 124th Penn. Volunteers were pushed across the turnpike into the woods beyond J. Miller's house, with orders to hold the position as long as possible.
The line of battle of this corps was formed, and it became engaged about seven A. M., the attack being opened by Knapp's （Penn.), Cothran's (N. Y.), and Hampton's (Pittsburgh) batteries.
To meet this attack the enemy had pushed a strong column of troops into the open fields in front of the turnpike, while he occupied the woods on the west of the turnpike in strong force.
The woods (as was found by subsequent observation) were traversed by outcropping ledges of rock.
Several hundred yards to the right and rear was a hill which commanded the debouch of the woods, and in the fields between was a long line of stone fe
r-guard of the enemy with vigor, passed Boonsborough and Keedysville, and came upon the main body of the enemy, occupying in ps, as I passed them, with the wildest enthusiasm.
Near Keedysville I met Sumner, who told me that the enemy were in position in strong force, and took me to a height in front of Keedysville whence a view of the position could be obtained.
We were h opened on our columns as they appeared in sight on the Keedysville road and Sharpsburg turnpike, which fire was returned by is crossed by four stone bridges — the upper one on the Keedysville and Williamsport road; the second on the Keedysville andwell adapted to defensive warfare.
On the right, near Keedysville, on both sides of the Sharpsburg turnpike, were Sumner's.
In front of Gens. Sumner's and Hooker's corps, near Keedysville, and on the ridge of the first line of hills overlookinge centre, as circumstances might require; but on nearing Keedysville the strong opposition on the right, developed by the att