We had been on the move for days. Some of our old Brigade had to climb a mountain and get about four cannons pulled up there to shoot at the Yankees in Harpers Ferry. Once they surrendered, we had to march to Sharpsburg during the night. God, I have never been so tired in my life. Once we got there, we collapsed for a few hours that seemed like about 15 minutes. We finally had a good night’s rest and then the following day had to Double Quick about two miles to join in with another division in attacking Yankees around a small white building at the edge of a wooded area.

We and our old friends from the 27th North Carolina swept through some Yanks that were retreating from the wooded area near the little white building. They surrendered and we told them to lay down and don’t move. We kept going and ran into some Yank Artillery Batteries so we changed directions and got in the rear of a Yank Division. Some of their regiments turned back and hit us. We had run out of cartridges and found another Yankee Brigade that was advancing to hit us in the rear. We were told to retreat back to where we had come from and we started to skedaddle. When we got back to where the surrendered Yanks were, they had decided to reenter the fray by picking up their muskets and shooting at us.

About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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