from using its guns.
S. D. Lee
immediately advanced two of Moody
's guns into a plowed field where he could best use them.
The enemy's infantry was pouring a most galling fire upon the battery under Captain Moody
and Lieut. J. B. Gorey
The ‘Tips’ doggedly retained their position until the infantry on their right and left melted away, when Lee
ordered them to the rear.
, while sighting a piece for the last discharge, was killed by a minie ball.
In the afternoon, Moody
, with four guns, fought with Squires
before the village, repulsing many assaults; and two of the guns, with Garnett
's brigade, drove the enemy from a ridge to the left of Sharpsburg
, Lieut. J. Sillers
, Sergeants Conroy
, and Corporals Gaulin
were mentioned by Colonel Lee
, in the Crimea, Sharpsburg on the Antietam
was emphatically the battle of the privates.
, too, a fatality seemed to follow the field officers.
The report of General Hays
remarked, ‘The terrible loss among the officers evinces with what fidelity they discharged their duties;’ Colonel Pendleton
said, ‘It is a noteworthy fact that not a single field officer in the brigade who was on duty that day escaped untouched.’