had by this time returned with the information that he had been able to find only a part of Hays
' brigade, which was under General Hays
, who was with General Hood
, and that it was in no condition to render any service.
He further stated that the remnants of the other brigades had gone to the rear for the purpose of re-forming and gathering up stragglers, but that he had been unable to find them.
The enemy continued to shell the woods in which we were for some time, doing, however, little or no damage, as we were under cover, and his shot and shells went over our heads.
Some of our batteries, which had been brought up to the hills in our rear, opened fire on the woods where we were, on two occasions, under the impression that they were occupied by the enemy, and I had to send and have it stopped.
Some pieces of our artillery were moved into the angle of the plateau on my right and opened on the enemy, but were soon compelled to retire by the superior metal and number of guns opposed to them.
We remained in position during the rest of the day, as did the troops on my left, and those immediately on my right.
The enemy made no further attack on us on this part of the line, but there were several demonstrations as if for an attack, and from the top of a tree on the edge of the woods a lookout reported three lines of battle beyond the pike with a line of skirmishers extending nearly up to the pike.
There were, however, some attempts against our line further to, the right, and late in the afternoon a fierce attack was made on our extreme right by Burnside
's corps, which drove some of our troops from the bridge across the Antietam
on that flank, and was forcing back our right, when some of A. P. Hill
's brigades, which were just arriving from Harper's Ferry
, went to the assistance of the troops engaged on that flank, and the enemy was driven back in considerable confusion.
This affair, which terminated just before dark, closed the fighting on the 16th, and after a most protracted and