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Adjutant and Inspector General Reports

1864 Report

Appendix F

HEADQUARTERS SECOND BRIGADE,
September 28, 1862.

SIR: On arriving on the battle-field of Antietam, about 10 a.m. on the 17th inst., this brigade was sent to the support of French's division, then reported heavily pressed. On gaining French's right, I found that the enemy had been checked and repelled. The brigade then took up a position on French's right, which brought us on the left of the Third Brigade of this division. This position was maintained the rest of the day and the next, the men lying literally on their arms near forty-eight hours. While in this constrained situation they were subjected to quite a galling fire of both artillery and sharpshooters, causing numerous casualties, a list of which and of the battle of Crampton's Pass has been already furnished.

The conduct of the troops on this occasion, as at Crampton's Pass, is worthy of commendation.

Very respectfully,
W. T. H. BROOKS,
B. G., Com'g Brigade.

To A. A. General,
Smith's Division.

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