haps 2,000 of his wounded, and as many of his unburied dead — not a sound-field piece, caisson, ambulance or wagon, not a tent, box of stores or pound of ammunition.
He takes with him the supplies gathered in Maryland, and the rich spoils of Harper's Ferry!
To this testimony we will add General Lee's own congratulatory order, which tells the whole story grandly, and stands for all time unquestioned and unquestionable:
General orders no. 116.headquarters army of Northern Virginia, Octnnock, and after a conflict of three days utterly repulsed him on the plains of Manassas and forced him to take shelter within the fortification around his capital.
Without halting for repose you crossed the Potomac, stormed the heights of Harper's Ferry, made prisoners of more than 11,000 men, and captured upwards of seventy pieces of artillery, all their small arms and other munitions of war.
While one corps of the army was thus engaged, the other insured its success by arresting at Boo
McClellan and Lee at Sharpsburg (Antietam).--a review of Mr. Curtis' article in the North American review. By General D. H. Maury.
[The following article was sdence and accuracy.
In summing up the results of the battle of Antietam or Sharpsburg, Mr. Curtis has had but little regard to historic accuracy, and it is surpris000.
The most authentic estimates of all of Lee's casualties on the field of Sharpsburg will not exceed 8,000.
Paragraph number 3 is utterly refuted by such authovorite General to the relief of their beleagured comrades.
On the field of Sharpsburg, with less than one-third his numbers, you resisted from daylight until dark their small arms, colors and equipments!
On the 15th, Lee took position at Sharpsburg, with 17,460 infantry and several thousand cavalry and artillery, while McCle— and this was all he had to fight with during all those days of Antietam, or Sharpsburg, as we call it. And with these, we learn from McClellan himself, Lee drove fr
d McClelland's army in check all day.
On the 15th, Stonewall Jackson, with 9,793 Confederates, captured over 11,000 Federals, more than 70 cannon, several thousand horses, and all of their small arms, colors and equipments!
On the 15th, Lee took position at Sharpsburg, with 17,460 infantry and several thousand cavalry and artillery, while McClellan's army confronted him on the line of the Antietam.
On the 16th, about 3 P. M., McClellan assaulted Lee with the three corps of Hooker, Mansfield and Sumner, which were so severely punished, that McClellan tells us that about the middle of the afternoon he went in person to the scene and found the aspect of affairs anything but promising ; in fact, they were driven from the field by Lee in utter confusion.
On the 17th, the attack was renewed by McClellan with a fresh corps.
During the day Stonewall Jackson came to Lee — his force was 9,793 infantry, which brought Lee's whole army up to 27,253 infantry, and less than 8,000 cavalr