Burnside from North Carolina
, nor the troops brought by Cox
from the Kanawha Valley
, nor, is it presumed, the forces of Fremont
, a large part of which were probably brought from Missouri
; and there had since been at least one call, if not more, for an additional levy of 300,000 men. Now the question very naturally arises, as to what had become of all that immense force, with the reinforcements and recruits, which had dwindled down to 87,164 men on the morning of the 17th of September, 1862.
It will be seen from the account previously given that on the 15th and in the early part of the day of the 16th, McClellan
's large army was confronted by a very small force under Longstreet
and D. H. Hill
with two divisions numbering less than 5,000 men, and Walker
, with his two brigades arrived on the 16th, and it was upon the force consisting of these reinforcements and D. H. Hill
's and Longstreet
's troops, including in the latter Hood
's two brigades, and Evans
' brigade, that McClellan
's army had been hurled on the morning of the 17th.
with his own and Anderson
's brigades, ten in all, did not arrive until the action had been progressing for some hours.
arrived at sunrise, and A. P. Hill
, with his five brigades, did not come up until late in the afternoon.
The 24,982 men under Hooker
had attacked Jackson
's division and Lawton
's and Hays
' brigades of Ewell
's division, numbering in all 4,000 men. When they were compelled to retire, Hood
with his two brigades supported by Ripley
's and Garland
's and D. H. Hill
's division had withstood the enemy until Sumner
arrived with his 18,813 men, and then Hood
was also compelled to retire to the Dunkard Church.
then with his corps and what was left of the other two, attacked my brigade of less than 1,000 men, a remnant of about two or three hundred of Jackson
's division, and what was left of D. H. Hill
's and Hood
's divisions, when McLaws