with it a piece of the chain.
This piece of chain came out some time afterward in the process of suppuration.
Capt. J. G. B. Adams
relates the interesting fact that after the battle of Antietam
, while caring for his mortally wounded brother, a rebel officer of the Eighth South Carolina regiment came up and declared that he had a brother in the Nineteenth Massachusetts regiment.
The rebel officer was Phineas Spofford
, and his brother of the Nineteenth was Daniel W. Spofford
, who had been wounded during the day's fighting and carried to the rear.
These two brothers met in happy reunion after the war.
At no time was the engagement general, but disjointed masses entered the fight with a gallantry unsurpassed and, being unsupported, were enfiladed and driven out, as the rebel commanders, with characteristic sagacity, discovered the ‘holes’ in the Union
lines and filled them with their best battalions.
The engagement of Sedgwick
's Division was a battle in itself.
The men advanced nearly parallel to the Confederate
line, which was bent in a circle on higher ground, until they found themselves in a cul-de-sac under the fire of several rebel brigades which were rapidly working around their flank and rear.
There was nothing to do but lie down and afterward get out and change front.
The fact that this was quickly done probably saved the division from capture and annihilation.
The battle raged with varying fortune during the day, and at night the enemy, who, though severely punished and suffering great losses in officers and men, withdrew across the Potomac
to his own soil.
The battle of Antietam
resulted in the largest list of casualties of any one day's battle.
The Union cause lost Brigadier General Mansfield
, killed: Major Generals Hooker
, and Brigadier Generals Rodman
wounded, with 12,469 killed, wounded and missing. The Confederate cause lost Brigadier Generals Branch
, killed; Major General Anderson
and Brigadier Generals Toombs
, wounded, with 25,899 killed, wounded and missing.