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I can also bear testimony to the gallant deportment of Colonels Grigsby and Stafford, and the men under their command. Major-General Stuart, with the pieces of artillery under his charge, contributed largely to the repulse of the enemy, and pursued them for some distance with his artillery and the Thirteenth Virginia regiment, under the command of Captain Winston. The conduct of my own brigade was all that I could have desired, and I feel that it would be invidious to mention individual acts of courage where all behaved so well. My Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Major Hale, and my Aid, Lieutenant Early, were very active in bearing my orders under fire, and were of great service to me. The loss in my brigade in this affair, and under the shelling to which it was exposed while supporting General Stuart early in the morning, was eighteen killed and one hundred and sixty-six wounded. Colonel William Smith, of the Forty-ninth Virginia, and Lieutenant-Colonel Gibson, of the same regiment, were both seriously wounded, the former receiving three wounds, but remaining on the field in command of his regiment until after the close of the fight.

Shortly after the repulse of the enemy, Colonel Hodges, in command of Armistead's brigade, reported to me, and I placed it in line in the position occupied by my brigade, and placed the latter in line on the edge of the plateau which has been mentioned, and parallel to the Hagerstown road, but under cover. Immediately after his repulse, the enemy commenced shelling the woods where we were, and kept it up for some time, doing, however, no damage. Major-General McLaws brought up two brigades some time afterward, placing one (Kershaw's) on the left of Armistead's, on the same line, and the other (Barksdale's) on my right. In this position we remained during the rest of the day, the ensuing night, and all day Thursday, the eighteenth. The enemy made no further attack, but there were several demonstrations, as if another advance was intended, and there were at least three lines of battle formed on the opposite side of the Hagerstown road, near the woods, with a heavy line of skirmishers extending nearly up to the road. I deem it proper to state that all the killed and wounded of my own brigade were inside of my lines, as I established them after the fight, and that the killed and wounded of the enemy on this part of the field were also within the same lines. All my killed were buried, and all my wounded were carried to the hospital in the rear, though, by some mismanagement on the part of the surgeons or quartermasters, of which I was not aware until too late, some ten or fifteen of my wounded were left in a hospital on the Maryland side of the river when we recrossed. Late in the afternoon of the seventeenth, I went to the rear to look after the other brigades of the division, and found Major Lowe, with about one hundred men of Lawton's brigade, which he had collected together, and which I had moved up to where my brigade was, and posted on the right of it. Early next, morning, General Hays, with about ninety men of his brigade, reported to me, and was placed on my left, in the same line, and, during the morning, Captain Feagins, with about two hundred men of Trimble's brigade, reported to me, and was posted in my rear. Only Johnson's and D'Aquin's batteries accompanied the division across the Potomac, the former being attached to Trimble's brigade and the latter to Hays's brigade. They were both engaged on the seventeenth, and suffered to some extent; but I am unable to give an account of their operations, as Johnson's battery was soon after detached from the division, and has since been amalgamated with another battery in some other command, and Captain D'Aquin was killed at Fredericksburg.

The other batteries, which had been detained at Harper's Ferry, were brought over the river on the eighteenth by my orders.

recrossing the Potomac. Affairs at Boteler's Ford and Shepherdstown, and march to Bunker Hill.

Having received the order from General Jackson after night, on the eighteenth, to move back as soon as my pickets were relieved by General Fitzhugh Lee's cavalry, which was between ten and eleven o'clock, I moved the division back, carrying along Armistead's brigade, and I believe this was the last division to move. It recrossed the Potomac at Boteler's Ford shortly after sunrise on the morning of the nineteenth, and was formed in line of battle on the heights on the Virginia side, under the direction of General Longstreet. After remaining in position for two or three hours, the enemy having in the mean time opened an artillery fire from the opposite side of the Potomac, I was ordered to move toward Martinsburg, and to leave Lawton's brigade, then increased to about four hundred men, and under command of Colonel Lamar, of the Sixty-first Georgia regiment, in position on the height just below Boteler's Ford. I accordingly moved in the direction indicated, until I was ordered to encamp, for the night, near a school-house, five or six miles from Shepherdstown. On the afternoon of the nineteenth, the enemy commenced crossing a small force at Boteler's Ford, and Lawton's brigade gave way, abandoning its position. This brigade was very much reduced, having suffered terribly on the seventeenth, and a considerable number of the men, being just returned from the hospitals, were without arms, and, without knowing the particulars of the affair, I am satisfied its conduct on this occasion was owing to the mismanagement of the officer in command of it.

Next morning I was ordered to move back to the vicinity of Boteler's Ford, with the three brigades which were with me. On arriving there, by orders from General Jackson, these brigades were placed in line of battle in rear of General A. P. Hill's division, in the woods, on the right and left of the road leading to the ford; my own and Hays's brigades being placed on the right, and Trimble's brigade on the left. In this position


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