Sept. 18, 8 A. M., camp near Sharpsburg
. . . We fought yesterday a terrible battle against the entire rebel army.
The battle continued fourteen hours and was terrific; the fighting on both sides was superb.
The general result was in our favor; that is to say, we gained a great deal of ground and held it. It was a success, but whether a decided victory depends upon what occurs to-day.
I hope that God has given us a great success.
It is all in His hands, and there I am content to leave it. The spectacle yesterday was the grandest I could conceive of; nothing could be more sublime.
Those in whose judgment I rely tell me that I fought the battle splendidly and that it was a masterpiece of art. I am well-nigh tired out by anxiety and
want of sleep.
God has been good in sparing the lives of all my staff.
, and Hartsuff
, and several other general officers, wounded.
is dead, I fear, but am not certain.
I just learn that he is not mortally wounded.