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consciousness that a great army stoodness arrested the conflict. Gen. behind them.
Duryea’s brigade of Ricketts's diviStill, the ground was stubbornly sion, which had been ordered to its contested, foot by foot; Gen. Hatch, support, was just then coming into commanding the 1st division, being action. disabled by a wound, and succeeded Our advance up the turnpike in by Gen. A. Doubleday. Col. Wain- the center, being contingent on sucwright, 76th New York, who now cess at either side, was made last, by took command of Doubleday's brig- Gibbon's brigade of Hatch's, and ade, was likewise wounded. But Hartsuff's of Rickette's division ; Hooker steadily advanced; and had the artillery fighting its way up the fairly flanked and worsted the Rebel road, with the infantry supporting left, when darkness put an end to the on either side. The struggle here fray."
was obstinate, and protracted till 9 The struggle on our left com- o'clock, when Gibbon's brigade had menced later, and was signalized by nearly reached the top of the pass, similar gallantry on both sides; but and had exhausted every cartridge ; numbers prevailed over desperation, suffering, of course, severely. At and the Rebels were steadily forced midnight, it was relieved by Gorback until the crest of the mountain man's brigade of Sumner's corps, was won. Here fell, about sunset, which, with Williams's, had reached Maj. Gen. Jesse L. Reno, mortally the foot of the mountain a little after wounded by a musket-ball, while, at dark. Richardson's division had also the head of his division, he was arrived, and taken position in the watching through a glass the enemy's rear of Hooker; while Sykes's diviinovements.
sion of regulars and the artillery reGen. Meade, with the Pennsyl- serve had halted for the night at Midvania Reserves, had followed Hooker dletown; so that McClellan had most from Catoctin creek up the old of his army in hand, ready to renew Hagerstown road, so far as Mount the action next morning. Tabor church. He went into action. But Lee, who was also present, and on the right of Hatch's division, and whose end had been secured by the was soon heavily engaged; his brig- precious hours bere gained for his ades being admirably handled by Harper's Ferry operations, withdrew Gen. Seymour and Cols. Magilton his forces during the night; so that, and Gallagher, the last of whom was when our skirmishers advanced next wounded. It had not fully reached morning, they encountered only the the summit in its front, when dark- dead and the desperately wounded." FIGHT AT CRAMPTON'S GAP-HARPER'S FERRY. 199 McClellan states his losses in this , of course, had orders to hold on at any affair at 312 killed, 1,234 wounded, cost—was finally driven out, after a and 22 missing: total, 1,568; claims smart contest of four or five hours, about 1,500 prisoners—no guns—and wherein his force was badly cut up. . says: “The loss to the enemy in Our loss here was 115 killed and 418 killed was much greater than our wounded ; our trophies, 400 prisonown, and probably also in wounded.” | ers, one gun, and 700 small arms. This is hardly credible; since the Could Franklin but have' realized Rebels fought with every advantage how precious were the moments, he of position and shelter, and were was still in time to have relieved nowhere so driven as to lose heavily Harper's Ferry; whence, following by a fire upon huddled, disorganized up his advantage with moderate vigmasses, when retreating in disorder." or, he was but six miles distant when
" Gen. McClellan sent four successive dis- and Garland killed. Gen. Hooker alone has patches to Gen. Halleck concerning this affair; over a thousand more prisoners: 700 having whereof the following is the latest and most
been sent to Frederick. It is stated that Leo
gives his loss as fifteen thousand. We are followerroneous :
ing as rapidly as the men can move. "HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, /
“GEORGE B. MCCLELLAN, Major-Gen." " BOLIVAR Sept. 15—10 A. M. S “ To II. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief:
McClellan seems here to suppose that he had "Information this moment received completely
fought and beaten the main body of the Rebel confirms the rout and demoralization of the army; yet how could he think so with Lee's Rebel army. Gen. Lee is reported wounded l order of the 9th before him?
it surrendered at 8 next morning. Maj. Gen. Franklin, with the 6th corps, composed of his own, Couch's, Stonewall Jackson, leaving Fredand Sykes’s divisions, forming the erick on the 10th, had pushed swiftly left wing of McClellan's army, had through Middletown and Boonsboadvanced cautiously up the north rough to Williamsport, where he rebank of the Potomac, through Tenal- crossed the Potomac next day; striklytown, Darnestown, and Poolesville ing thence at Martinsburg, which -his right passing through Rock- was held by Gen. Julius White, with ville—until McClellan's discovery some 2,000 Unionists. But White, that Lee had divided his army in warned of Jackson's approach in order to clutch Harper's Ferry in- overwhelming strength, fled during duced a general quickening of move- the night of the 11th to Harper's ment on our side. Still advancing, Ferry; where he found Col. D. S. he approached, at noon on the 14th, Miles, of Bull Run dishonor, in comthe pass through CRAMPTON'S GAP in mand of some 10,000 men, partly the South Mountain, just beyond withdrawn from Winchester and Burkettsville, several miles south other points up the Valley, but in westward of that at which Burnside, good part composed of green regileading our main advance, had, some ments, hastily levied on tidings of hours earlier, found his inarch ob- the Chickahominy disasters, and offistructed by Hill. Before him was cered by local politicians, who had Howell Cobb, with two or three brig- never yet seen a shot fired at a lino ades of McLaws's division, whereof of armed men. White ranked Miles, the larger portion was some miles and should have taken command; but farther on, operating against Mary- he waived his right in deference to land Heights and Harper's Ferry. Miles's experience as an old army The Gap afforded good positions for officer, and offered to serve under defense; but the disparity of num- him ; which was accepted. bers was decisive; and Cobb—who, Jackson, who had cheaply acquired
2 Hill says that Gen. Rhodes, commanding Alabama, was among his killed; and Col. one of his brigades, estimates his loss at 422 O'Neal, 24th, and Lt.-Col. Pickers, 12th Alaout of 1,200 taken into action. Col. Gayle, 12th bama, were severely wounded
the 13th. Waitier- menced skirmis, appeared and com
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a good supply of provisions and muni- | breastwork of trees near the crest, tions at Martinsburg, did not allow with an abatis in its front; where Mchimself to be detained by tliem; but, Laws's advance appeared and comhurrying on, was before Ilarper's Fer- menced skirmishing the same day. ry at 11 A. M. of the 13th. Waiting only to ascertain that McLaws, who was to cooperate on the other side of the Potomac, and Walker, who was dispatched simultaneously from Frederick, with orders to cross the Potomac at Point of Rocks and come up on the south, so as to shut in and assail our garrison from that side of the Shenandoah, were already in
ready in LACHEY ARE position, he ordered A. P. Hill, with his division, to move down the north
HARPER'S VERLY. bank of the Shenandoah into llarper's An attack in force was made, early Ferry; while Lawton, with Ewell's, next morning,' and was repulsed; and J. R. Jones, with Jackson's own but was followed at 9 o'clock by andivision, were to advance upon and other and more determined, whenthreaten the beleaguered Unionists Col. E. Sherill, 126th New York, farther and farther to their right. being severely wounded his regi
Harper's Ferry is little more than ment broke and fled in utter rout, a deep ravine or gorge, commanded and the remaining regiments soon on three sides by steep mountains, followed the example, alleging an and of course defensible only from order to retreat from Maj. Ilewitt, one or more of these. A commander who denied having given it. Our who was neither a fool nor a traitor, men were rallied after running a seeing enemies swarming against him short distance, and réoccupied part from every side, would either have of the ground they had so culpably evacuated in haste, and tried to make abandoned, but did not regain their his way out of the trap, or concentra- breastwork; and of course left the ted his force on one of the adjacent enemy in a commanding position. heights, and here held out, until time At 2 o'clock next morning," Ford, had been afforded for his relief. without being further assailed, aban. Miles did neither. He posted" the doned the Heights, so far as we still 32d Ohio, Col. T. H. Ford, on Mary- retained them, spiking his guns: 4 of land Heights; where they were rëen- which, at a later hour in the mornforced” by the 39th and 126th New ing, were brought off by four comYork, and, next day by the 115th panies, under Maj. Wood, who went New York and part of a Maryland over on a reconnoissance and encounregiment. Ford's requisition for axes tered no opposition. and spades was not filled; and the McLaws, with his own and Anderonly 10 axes that could be obtained son's divisions, leaving Frederick on were used in constructing" a slight the 10th, had entered Pleasant Valley,
Sept. 6. Sept. 12. 1 Sept. 12. 1 Sept. 13. ^ Sept. 14.
Land Heightool. T. H. To posted" then
pood, impof the botto-intes Ferry
MILES SURRENDERS HARPER'S FERRY.
201 via Burkettsville, on the 11th; and, i Col. Crutchfield, Jackson's chief of perceiving at once that Maryland artillery, ferried 10 of Ewell's guns Heights was the key of the position, across the Shenandoalı, and estabhad sent" Kershaw, with his own lished them where they could take and Barksdale's brigades, up a rug-in reverse our best intrenchments on ged mountain road, impracticable Bolivar Heights; soon compelling for artillery, to the crest of the Elk their evacuation and our retreat to an Mountains, two or three miles north- inferior position, considerably nearer ward of Maryland Heights, with or- the Ferry, and of course more exders to follow along that crest, and posed to and commanded by Mcso approach and carry our position; Laws's guns on Maryland Heights. while Wright's brigade, with 2 guns, At 9 P. M.," our cavalry, some was to take post on the southern face 2,000 strong, under Col. Davis, 12th of South Mountain, and so command Illinois, made their escape from the all the approaches along the Poto. Ferry, across the pontoon-bridge, to mac. Meanwhile, McLaws, with the the Maryland bank; passing up the rest of his force, save the brigades Potomac unassailed, through a reholding Crampton's Gap, moved down gion swarming with enemies, to the Pleasant Valley to the river. mouth of the Antietam, thence stri
Kershaw advanced according to or- king northward across Maryland, der, through dense woods and over reaching Greencastle, Pa., next mornvery rough ground, until he encoun- ing; having captured by the way the tered and worsted Ford's command on ammunition train of Gen. Longatreet, the Heights, as we have seen; while consisting of 50 to 60 wagons. Miles Wright and Anderson took, unop- assented to this escape; but refused posed, the positions assigned them, permission to infantry officers who and McLaws advanced to Sandy asked leave to cut their way out: sayHook, barring all egress from Har- ing he was ordered to hold the Ferry per's Ferry down the Potomac. | to the last extremity.
The morning of the 14th was spent Next morning at daybreak," the by McLaws in cutting a road practi- Rebel batteries rëopened from seven cable for artillery to the crest of commanding points, directing their Maryland Heights, whence fire was fire principally at our batteries on opened from 4 guns at 2 P. M.; not Bolivar Heights. At 7 A. M., Miles only shelling our forces at the Ferry, stated to Gen. White that a surrender but commanding our position on was inevitable, his artillery ammuBolivar Ileights, beyond it. Before nition being all but exhausted ; when night, Walker's guns opened like the brigade commanders were called wise from Loudon Heights, and together and assented. A white flag Jackson's batteries were playing was thereupon raised; but the Rebels, from several points, some of them not perceiving it, continued their enfilading our batteries on Bolivar fire some 30 to 40 minutes, whereby Heights; while shots from others Miles was mortally wounded. Jackreached our helpless and huddled son was just impelling a general inmen in their rear. During the night, fantry attack, when informed that the 18 Sept. 12. " Sept. 14.
30 Sept. 15.
white flag had been raised on the de- / at the head of his men, among the fenses. At 8 A. M., a capitulation first to enter our lines after the surwas agreed to, under which 11,583 render. men were passed over to the enemy As to Gen. McClellan, his most --about half of them New Yorkers ; glaring fault in the premises would the residue mainly from Ohio and seem to have been his designation" Maryland. Nearly all were raw of Col. Miles, after his shameful belevies; some of them militia, called havior at Bull Run, to the command out for three months. Among the of a post so important as Harper's spoils were 73 guns, ranging from Ferry. It is easy now to reproach excellent to worthless ; 13,000 small him with the slowness of his advance arms, 200 wagons, and a large quan- from Washington to Frederick; but tity of tents and camp-equipage. Of it must be borne in mind that his horses, provisions, and munitions, the force consisted of the remains of two captures were of small account. beaten armies—his own and Pope's
Jackson, whose appreciation of the —not so much strengthened as value of time was unsurpassed, did swelled by raw troops, hastily levied not wait to receive the surrender; for an emergency; while opposed to but, leaving that duty to Hill, hur-him was an army of veterans, inferior ried off the mass of his followers to indeed in numbers, but boasting of a rejoin Gen. Lee; and, by marching succession of victories from first Bull day and night, reached the Antietam Run onward, and proudly regarding next morning.”
itself as invincible. Perplexed as to It is impossible to resist the con- Lee's intentions, and hampered by clusion that Miles, in this affair, the necessity of covering at once acted the part of a traitor. He had Washington and Baltimore, McClelbeen ordered, one month before lan moved slowly, indeed; but only his surrender, to fortify Maryland a great military genius, or a raslı, Heights; which he totally neglected headstrong fool, would have ventured to do. He refused or neglected to to do otherwise. After he learned send the axes and spades required by at Frederick that Lee had divided Col. Ford, giving no reason therefor. his army, in his eagerness to clutch He paroled, on the 13th, 16 Rebel the tempting prize, McClellan blunprisoners, authorizing them to pass dered sadly in not hurling his army out of our lines into those of the at once on McLaws, and thus cutting enemy; thus giving the Rebel com- his way swiftly to the Ferry; yet, manders the fullest knowledge of all with all his mistakes, he moved vigwherewith ours should have wished orously enough to have seasonably to keep them ignorant. Another relieved Miles, had that officer Rebel, an officer named Rouse, who evinced loyalty and decent fitness had been captured and had escaped, for his position, or had Ford defendbeing retaken, was allowed a private ed Maryland Heights with vigor and interview by Miles, and thereupon | tenacity. paroled to go without our lines. He, Halleck's insisting that Harper's still under parole, appeared in arms Ferry should be held, after he knew 9 Sept. 16.
* March 29.