into the village.
Colonel Fairchild, commanding a, brigade in Rodman's division, on the left of the line (which included Hawkins's Zouaves, seen at the stone-wall in the picture), describes as follows in his report the advance upon Sharpsburg after the hill above the bridge had been gained: We continued to advance to the opposite hill under a tremendous fire from the enemy's batteries, up steep embankments.
Arriving near a stone fence, the enemy — a brigade composed of South Carolina and Georgia regiments — opened on us with musketry.
After returning their fire I immediately ordered a charge, which the whole brigade gallantly responded to, moving with alacrity and steadiness.
Arriving at the fence, behind which the enemy were awaiting us, receiving their fire, losing large numbers of our men, we charged over the fence, dislodging them and driving them from their positions down the hill toward the village, a stand of regimental colors belonging to a South Carolina regiment being t