but missed several of our gentlemen friends who, we learned, had joined the rebel army.
Some of the ladies, who loved the stars and bars, joked us on our “On to Richmond
” movement, and were confident the war would soon end with the south victorious.
The events of the past few months had been such that we had slight ground for an argument; but we assured them we were satisfied, and all we wanted was to get General Lee
on this side of the river.
Our march through Maryland
was delightful; the farther we got into the interior the more loyal the people became, and our welcome was cordial.
We arrived at South Mountain
while the battle was being fought, but took no part in it. The 16th of September we reached Antietam
, and formed in line of battle.
On the morning of the 17th, with our brigade in the centre, we advanced in three lines of battle, over walls and fences, through fields, under a terrible fire of artillery.
The regiment was growing nervous but did not break.
halted us, put us through the manual of arms, ending with parade rest.
Having become steady, we moved forward to a strip of woods, and came upon the enemy strongly posted.
Grape and canister, shot and shell, volleys of musketry greeted us,--and our men fell as grain before the scythe.
One-half of our officers and men were either killed or wounded.
was the first to fall, again terribly wounded.
Capt. George W. Batchelder
was killed, and the command of the regiment and companies changed fast, as one after another officer went down.
At the time we were so hotly engaged in the front we began to receive a fire from our left and rear, and discovered that we were