side, where there was but little cover.
During the afternoon this combined fire compelled the abandonment of several guns.
Seeing this, the 4th Mich. forded the stream and took possession of four of them.
After dark this regiment was withdrawn, but early on the 20th Porter
started to cross the two divisions of Morell
, and a brigade of cavalry.
during the night had found Lee
and reported, and Lee
had ordered Jackson
to send back his nearest division.
This was A. P. Hill
's. Fortunately, Hill
moved early, and, forming in two lines of battle, he approached the ford before Porter
had gotten more than a half of his men across.
, informed that a large force was approaching, decided to withdraw, and did so with but little loss.
One regiment, however, the 118th Pa., was thrown into confusion and driven over a steep descent and across the river under fire, losing 269 men. The total losses reported by the Federals
for this affair were 363. A. P. Hill
reported 30 killed and 231 wounded. Pendleton
reported three killed and four wounded of his reserve artillery.
I have already told of my being sent on the 16th to Harper's Ferry
to remove the captured ordnance stores and to bring what was available for use to Sharpsburg
I sent to Winchester
49 field-pieces and 24 mountain howitzers, and quite a lot of artillery ammunition not suitable for our calibres.
Of what was suitable the supply was small, except of canister.
There was also a fair amount of small-arm ammunition.
Much of it had been brought from the depots, and unloaded along Miles
's intrenchments, ready for use. While gathering this in the afternoon from Bolivar Heights, I could see the smoke of the conflict and the incessant bursting in the air of shells and shrapnel over the field where Burnside
made his advance and was beaten back by A. P. Hill
I could not tell how the fight was going, but at that time no Confederate expected anything less than victory.
I was until late at night despatching wagons to Winchester
, and to the ford near the battle-field.
I finished the work next morning, and returned to the vicinity of the ford in the afternoon.
Here I found orders to await the army, which would recross the river that night, and here the next morning we received a liberal shelling from the enemy's horse batteries across the