Ferry, rather than to interpose between him and them.
moved at 4 P. M.; and, making a long detour, crossed the Antietam
out of sight and range of the Rebel
Turning at length sharply to the left, he came to an open field, with woods in front and on either side, whence our skirmishers were saluted by scattering shots, followed by volleys of musketry from the left and front.
— reconnoitering in the advance, as usual — halted and formed his lines; Ricketts
's division on the left; Meade
, with the Pennsylvania Reserves, in the center; while Doubleday
, on the right, planting his guns on a hill, opened at once on a Rebel battery that had begun to enfilade our center.