of man against man, company against company, regiment against regiment.
The woods, the ledges of rock, all the natural lines of attack and defence, were for some time blazing with steady sheets of dazzling flame and ringing with sharp volleys.
But our line moved on with the sweeping and irresistible force of a mighty flood, and the Confederates
soon began to waver and give way. They were driven up to the top of the mountain, and thence down on the other side.
At six o'clock the enemy had been beaten from all their positions, and we held undisturbed possession of the heights.
The battle of South Mountain
reflected high honor upon the officers and men who took part in it. The judicious plans of the general commanding were admirably and successfully carried out. Our numbers were probably somewhat larger than the enemy's; but this advantage was more than counter-balanced by his superiority in position, on the crest and sides of a hill, with woods and rocky ledges for shelter and defence, and broken ground everywhere to embarrass the movements of our troops.
Our losses were three hundred and twelve killed, twelve hundred and thirty-four wounded, twenty-two missing. Among the killed was General Reno
, a brave and valuable officer, who was General McClellan
's classmate at West Point
At the same time with the battle of South Mountain
, an engagement took place at Crampton's Pass, between a division under General Franklin
and a portion of the Confederate army.
The enemy were found in the rear of Burkettsville
, at the base of