hours, French paused, considerably in advance of the position on which the fight had commenced, but without having carried the heights.
's division of Sumner
's corps advanced on the left of French
, crossing the Antietam
at 9 1/2 A. M., and going steadily forward under a heavy artillery fire, half way up from the creek to Sharpsburg
, over very rugged ground, much of it covered with growing corn, and intersected by stone walls, which afforded every advantage to the defensive.
The musketry fire on both sides was severe; but our men steadily gained ground; Caldwell
's and Meagher
's (Irish) brigade vieing with each other in steadiness and gallantry.
Here Col. Francis C. Barlow
, of Caldwell
's brigade, signalized himself by seizing an opportunity to advance the 61st and 64th New York on the left, and take in flank a Rebel force, which, sheltered by a sunken road, was attempting to enfilade our line, capturing over 300 prisoners and 3 flags.
The left of this division being now well advanced, the enemy, maneuvering behind a ridge, attempted to take it in flank and rear, but was signally defeated ; the 5th New Hampshire and the 81st Pennsylvania facing to the left and meeting their charge by a countercharge, which was entirely successful.
Some prisoners and the colors of the 4th North Carolina remained in our hands.
The enemy next assailed the right of this division; but Col. Barlow
, again advancing his two New York regiments, aided by Kimball
's brigade on the right, easily repulsed it. Next, a charge was made directly on Richardson
's front, which was defeated as before, and our line still farther advanced as far as Dr. Piper
's house, very near to Sharpsburg
, and about the center of the Rebel
army at the beginning of the battle.
Here artillery was brought up — this division having thus far fought without it — and, while personally directing the fire of Capt. Graham
's battery, 1st U. S. Artillery, Richardson
fell mortally wounded, and was succeeded by Hancock
had fallen some time before: the command of his brigade devolving on Col. Burke
, of the 63d New York. One or two more attempts or menaces were made on this part of our line, but not in great force; and, though its advance was drawn back a little to avoid an enfilading fire from Rebel batteries, to which it could not respond, it held its well advanced position when night closed the battle.
's corps, in our center, holding the roads from Sharpsburg
, remained unengaged, east of the Antietam
, until late in the afternoon; when two brigades of it were sent by McClellan
to support our right; while six battalions of Sykes
's regulars were thrown across the bridge on the main road to repel Rebel sharp-shooters, who were annoying Pleasanton
's horse-batteries at that point.
's brigade was detached and sent to the right and rear of Burnside
, leaving but little over 3,000 men with Porter
's corps held our extreme left, opposite the lowest of the three bridges crossing the Antietam
He was ordered, at 8 A. M., to cross this one, which was held by Gen. R. Toombs
, with the 2d and 20th Georgia, backed by some sharp-shooters and