Sept. 17, 1862


The War News.

The Situation.

Gen. McClellan in Pursuit of the Enemy.

The Battle Of South Mountain.

August 25, 2002

A correspondent of the New York Tribune, writing of this battle near Hagerstown, Md., says:

General Reno was killed while reconnoitering in the woods to the left of our batteries. A rebel sharpshooter shot him dead instantly.

General Garland, who was in command of a North Carolina brigade, was instantly killed by one of our shells, which struck him on the head.

The rebels were driven at every assault and a complete victory was gained.

Our loss was computed to be from 1,100 to 1,200 in killed and wounded; the enemy's is thought to be much greater, and thousands of their men have been taken prisoners. Within a space of four rods over twenty dead rebels were counted.

Hospitals were made of the Lutheran, German Reformed, Episcopal, Methodist, and Protestant Methodist Churches in Middletown, which is about three miles from South Mountain, where the battle was fought.

The Thirty-sixth and Eleventh Ohio Regiments captured 150 prisoners. The Twenty-third and Twelfth Ohio Regiments 100 more.

The enemy were behind a stone wall, upon which our men charged, and springing over, captured their hidden foes, all of them laying down their arms and surrendering themselves prisoners.

Of the Harper's Ferry fight on Saturday we have the following particulars:

Colonel Miles was attacked on all sides. The morning was occupied with artillery fighting and skirmishing. The enemy attempted to attack our forces and capture our guns. They were repulsed again and again, and suffered terribly, but at length charged in such overwhelming numbers that our men spiked their guns upon the Heights and rolled them down the mountain.

The enemy attempted to plant their cannon upon the same hill, but were unable to do so, being in range of our artillery on the other side of the river.

Their loss is thought to be very great; ours is about 150 in killed and wounded. Passengers by the stage from Frederick say that 6,000 prisoners, taken by our troops, mostly at South Mountain, had arrived there.

Among the wounded at South Mountain was David Watson, company A, Second Maryland regiment, in the leg, and the following from Pennsylvania: Capt. Grove, company A, 45th regiment, leg; Lieut. S.A. Mack, Bucktail Rifles, leg; Isaiah Hetrick, 45th, head; Dennis Collins, 65th, head; Corporal Stape, 65th, shoulder; N.S. Gibbons, 45th, arm; Edw'd D. Dethridge, 9th reserve, arm; John Cropley, 9th, [arm]; Wm. M. Clark, 9th [arm]; and Conrad Pry, 100th, foot.

A correspondent of the New York Herald writes:

The most of the fighting was done by the Ninth army corps, under Reno's command, although Burnside was present and assisted in the direction of the battle.

The fight commenced in the early morning and lasted until nine at night.

Our loss is estimated at eleven hundred killed and wounded. The loss of the enemy is much greater. We have also taken a large number of prisoners.

Gen. Reno was shot dead while giving orders at 7 o'clock. Great sorrow is occasioned by his loss.

It is said that Gen. Lee is wounded. Several rebel officers are killed.

The Washington correspondent of the New York Times says:

The rebels in the fight say that Beauregard expected to join them on Monday with an army corps 40,000 strong. We have no idea that any such expectation of theirs can be realized. 40,000 efficient rebel troops were not left behind at Gordonsville, where they say Beauregard is bringing them up.

Sudden death of a soldier. A soldier of company B, of the 131st New York Regiment, died on Monday of a fit while on the train from Philadelphia for this city. His body was taken to the central police station, but subsequently placed in charge of his late comrades for burial.

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