Potomac. I held my position until my skirmishers in front were relieved by a portion of Fitz. Lee
's cavalry and then retired in pursuance of orders previously received from General Jackson
, carrying with me Armistead
's brigade under Colonel Hodges
, which had received no orders from its division commander, and bringing up, I believe, the rear of the infantry of our entire army.
We found a large number of wagons and troops massed at Boteler's Ford, and the division now commanded by me did not cross until after sunrise.
After getting over the river, the division was formed in line of battle on the Virginia
side, under direction of General Longstreet
, and remained in position several hours, until the enemy appeared on the other bank and opened on us with artillery.
I was subsequently ordered to leave Lawton
's brigade, now increased to about four hundred men under Colonel Lamar
of the 61st Georgia Regiment (who had returned after the battle of the 17th), at Boteler's Ford, under the command of Brigadier General Pendleton
, who was entrusted with the defence of the crossing, and I was ordered to move with the rest of the division towards Martinsburg
Our whole army with its trains had been safely recrossed and this terminated the operations properly connected with the battle of Sharpsburg
In that battle, Ewell
's division had lost in killed 119, in wounded 1,115, and in missing 38, being an aggregate loss of 1,352 out of less than 3,400 men and officers carried into action.
The loss in my own brigade was in killed 18, and in wounded 156, and among the latter were Colonel Smith
and Lieutenant Colonel Gibson
of the 49th Virginia Regiment, both severely, and the former receiving three distinct wounds before the close of the fight, in which he was engaged.
The loss in our whole army was heavy, but not so great as the estimate put upon it by the enemy.
There has been very great misapprehension, both on