ield, and he was rapidly working toward the highest rank when he fell, as soldiers love to die—at the head of a victorious command.
Major Gordon, of the adjutant-general's office, says that on the very day General Branch was killed, he had been appointed majorgen-eral, but that the government, hearing of his death, never issued his commission.
Sutton says of his death: No country had a truer son, or nobler champion, no principle a bolder defender than the noble and gallant soldier, Gen. Lawrence O'Brian Branch.
General Lee lost about one-third of his army on this field of blood.
The next day, however, he remained on the field, defiant and ready to meet any new attack Mc-Clellan might order, but his enemy had suffered enough and made no move.
That night he quietly crossed the Potomac without loss or molestation.
General Pendleton, with the reserve artillery and about 600 infantry, was left to guard the ford near Shepherdstown.
General Griffin headed some volunteers from four