The hospitals were likewise established so as to give first aid at the front, transport the sick and wounded forward by stages, until they arrived at the permanent General Hospitals
for final treatment.
After a battle over ground so rough and broken by woods and thickets as this, some of the dead would not be found, and some would be so far from the trenches dug, that they would be covered where they fell, ever so lightly.
Passing over this field a few days after the battle, the writer to avoid a bend in the road, took a short cut up the side of the mountain, and in passing by a thicket disturbed a young hog, which had rooted through the dirt on such a grave and was devouring the flesh of the man buried there.
It was the first experience he had of the horror of war and prepared him somewhat for the terrible sights that the battle of Antietam
had left to chill the blood of the one who passed over it, soon after it had been fought.
The battle of Crampton's Pass was evidently that part of the Maryland campaign
intended to relieve the siege of Harper's Ferry
, but only two or three days before the victory there, made it necessary for the besieging troops to retire from their position on Bolivar Heights, as General Miles
had cravenly surrendered.
After the battle and victory of Crampton's Pass the 121st was left to guard the Pass
and prisoners, and collect the arms and other munitions that had been left on the field.
The rest of the Corps
was ordered to follow the retreating enemy who were concentrating at Antietam
, or Sharpsburgh
On the morning of the 18th of September, Captain R. P. Wilson
, Asst. Adjt. Gen.
of the brigade appeared with orders for the regiment to report as quickly as possible at Antietam
On that date the battle of Antietam
was fought, and