attempts, with the same result.
Then despairing of winning a passage from the brave 400, Burnside
sent a force across the river at fords below, and flanking Toombs
compelled his withdrawal.
But after the bridge had been abandoned by the Georgians, the enemy was so impressed with the necessity for caution that he consumed two hours in getting across, and by that time A. P. Hill
was up from Harper's Ferry
and saved the Confederate army from this flank attack.
After supplying his brigade with ammunition, General Toombs
returned to the line of battle with the Fifteenth and Seventeenth, Major Little
's battalion of the Eleventh, part of Kearse
's regiment, and part of the Twentieth under Colonel Cumming
, but found the Federals
in the position he was ordered to occupy and in possession of McIntosh
's battery and part of the suburbs of Sharpsburg
decided instantly to attack, though he had but about a fifth of the strength of the enemy.
, his gallant aide, rallied a part of Kemper
's brigade and brought it into line with the Georgians.
The enemy advanced first, but was thrown into confusion by an accurate volley, and a countercharge followed which swept the Federals
' front and brought the battery again into Confederate hands.
The enemy did not stop short of the bridge, where a battery was hurried across to check the Georgians.
But the Fifteenth and Twentieth, aided by Richardson
's battery, soon cleared the enemy from the side of the river he had fought so hard to gain, and Toombs
at nightfall was at liberty to reoccupy the position he had held in the morning.
This gallant action was not without losses.
Says General Toombs
Colonel Millican, of the Fifteenth, who had distinguished himself both at Manassas and in this action, . . . fell while gallantly leading his regiment in the final charge. . . Lieutenant-Colonel Holmes, who commanded the Second regiment, fell near the close of his heroic defense of the passage of the Antietam, and it is due to him to say that, in my judgment, he has not left in