same field of carnage ended the lives of Col. Levi B. Smith
, of the Twenty-seventh Georgia, and Lieut.-Col. J. M. Newton
and the modest and heroic Maj. P. Tracy
, of the Sixth. ‘The lamented Capt. W. F. Plane
, of the same regiment,’ said Hill
, ‘deserved special mention.
Of him it could be truly said that he shrank from no danger, no fatigue and no exposure.
Maj. Robert S. Smith
, Fourth Georgia, fell fighting most heroically.
He had received a military education and gave promise of eminence in his profession.’
Capt. N. J. Garrison
, commanding the Twenty-eighth; Lieut.-Col. C. T. Zachry
, Twenty-seventh; Lieut.-Col. E. F. Best
and Maj. J. H. Huggins
, Twenty-third, were severely wounded—and Lieut. R. P. Jordan
, acting assistant adjutant-general
's brigade, fell in the course of gallant service.
Further south on the line, standing between the village of Sharpsburg
and the southernmost bridge on the Antietam
, was the division of D. R. Jones
, six brigades but only 2,430 men, to whom fell the duty of holding back Burnside
's corps of the United States army. General Toombs
was ordered to defend the bridge with the Second and Twentieth Georgia regiments, Col. John B. Cumming
and Lieutenant-Colonel Holmes
, and the Fiftieth, about 100 strong, under Lieut.-Col. F. Kearse
had an excellent position, and with 400 Georgians performed one of the most important military feats of the four years war, holding the bridge against Burnside
's corps, or as much of it as could advance to the attack.
In Gen. R. E. Lee
's detailed report of the battle, the only regiments mentioned by name are Cooke
's North Carolina regiment, who held their ground without ammunition in the center, and the Second and Twentieth Georgia, who defended the bridge under command of Toombs
Between 9 and 10 o'clock in the morning, after a fierce cannonading, the enemy made an attempt to carry the bridge by assault, but was repulsed with great slaughter, and up to 1 o'clock made four other