, with the Stonewall
division, under Gen. J. R. Jones
' brigade was not 550 strong, and Starke
's could not have been larger, for his division numbered but ,600.
The two divisions were stationed in a line behind the Dunker church, before which Hood
had already been in battle.
As they marched the Louisianians were under the fire of the Federal
batteries beyond the Antietam
, and about dark the acting adjutantgen-eral of Starke
's brigade, gallant Lieut. A. M. Gordon
, of the Ninth regiment, was killed by a shell which cut off both his legs at the thigh.
During the night the Louisianians slept upon their arms, snatching brief rest between the outbreaks of musketry.
At the first dawn of day skirmishing began in front, followed by a severe artillery fire.
‘About sunrise,’ Jackson
reported, ‘the Federal infantry advanced in heavy force to the edge of the wood on the eastern side of the turnpike, driving in our skirmishers.
Batteries were opened in front from the wood with shell and canister, and our troops became exposed for near an hour to a terrible storm of shell, canister and musketry.
having been compelled to leave the field, the command of Jackson
's division devolved on General Starke
With heroic spirit our lines advanced to the conflict, and maintained their position, in the face of superior numbers, with stubborn resolution, sometimes driving the enemy before them and sometimes compelled to fall back before their well-sustained and destructive fire.
Fresh troops from time to time relieved the enemy's ranks, and the carnage on both sides was terrific.’
‘We had scarcely emerged from the woods in which we had rested during the night,’ said Col. Edmund Pendleton
, of the Fifteenth, upon whom the command of Starke
's brigade finally devolved, ‘when we found ourselves face to face with the enemy, heavily massed and within close musket range.
Still, we charged forward in the face of a murderous fire, which thinned our ranks at ’