the foot of the mountain.
The Tenth Georgia took a conspicuous part in the fight here, and Col. W. C. Holt
was among the wounded.
was in command of all the Confederate forces engaged, about 2,200, and was assisted by General Semmes
, who exposed himself, as did General Cobb
, with great intrepidity.
Col. John B. Lamar
, a volunteer aide on the staff of General Cobb
, while rallying the men received a mortal wound of which he died the next day. The loss of the Georgians was very heavy, Cobb
's legion losing 190 killed, wounded and missing out of 248 engaged; the Sixteenth regiment 187 out of 368, the Twenty-fourth 126 out of 292, the Fifteenth 183 out of 402, the Troup artillery 4 out of 3, and the Tenth 50 out of 173. Two-thirds of the losses were reported as missing.
said in his report: ‘For the most successful rally made on the retreat from the crest of the mountain I was indebted to a section of the Troup artillery under Lieut. Henry Jennings
By their prompt and rapid firing they checked for a time the advance of the enemy.’
Meanwhile several Georgia
commands had the great honor of being with Stonewall Jackson
in the investment and capture of Harper's Ferry
, where the rich spoil consisted, according to the Official Records
, of 12,520 prisoners, 13,000 arms, 73 pieces of artillery and several hundred wagons.
These commands were: In Lawton
's brigade, the Thirteenth, Twenty-sixth, Thirty-first, Thirty-eighth, Sixtieth and Sixty-first Georgia; in Trimble
's brigade, the Twelfth Georgia; in Archer
's brigade, the Nineteenth Georgia; in Thomas
' brigade, the Thirty-fifth, Forty-fifth and Forty-ninth Georgia.
This great victory, which cost so little loss of life, was greatly enjoyed by Jackson
's gallant soldiers, who began at once the march to Sharpsburg
to join Lee
in the great battle pending against the overwhelming army of McClellan
The blood shed at South Mountain
by Georgians and other Southern troops not only saved the trains of Lee