NY Tribune: Sept 17, 1862 - Page 1, Column 4
- The New York Daily Tribune.
Vol. XXII .....No. 6,694.
NEW-YORK, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1862.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
[Front Page, Fourth Column]
[from Col 3: ... The Rebel troops engaged were Longstreet's, D.] H.
Hill's and A. P. Hill's corps. Had our troops had two hours longer of
daylight the greater portion of the Rebel army would have been taken
prisoner, as they were surrounded on three sides, the only mode of
escaping being a narrow defile in the mountain, which the artillery
would soon have made impassable.
Among the Rebel officers known to be killed were Gen. Garland of
Leesburg, and Col. Strong of the 19th Virginia. The latter's body was
obtained to-day by flag of truce.
At daylight this morning our worst fears were realized. The Rebels,
under cover of night, had left on their way to the Potomac.
They went to this place, two miles from the mountains, and there took
the road toward Sharpsburg. They left all their dead on the field,
and those of the wounded not able to walk were found in the churches
Gen. McClellan was on the field during the whole day and night,
conducting all movements in person.
Between 1,200 and 1,500 prisoners were taken during the day, most of
them by troops under Gen. Hooker. Yesterday, Gen. Franklin's corps
advanced to a mountain pass six miles nearer Harper's Ferry, where he
engaged the enemy, holding the pass for about three hours, resulting
in a complete rout of the enemy and heavy loss. Our loss in the action
was about 250 killed and wounded. The Rebel loss during the day and
night was fully 15,000, killed, wounded, and missing. Gen. Lee
acknowledged to the citizens of Boonesboro' that they had been
defeated with terrible loss. Our loss in killed and wounded will
probably reach 3,000. We lost but few prisoners.
LATER - MORE FIGHTING ON MONDAY.
BOONESBORO',Md., Monday, Sept. 15, 1862.
This morning at daylight Gen. Pleasonton, with the 8th Illinois
Cavalry and Capt. Fitchall's Battery, started after the enemy. At
Boonesboro' he came up with the 9th Virginia Cavalry, with a battery
acting as rear guard.
The Illinois Cavalry charged after them through the town and two
miles out on the Hagerstown turnpike, capturing two of their guns, and
killed and wounded and took prisoner about thirty of the cavalry.
Gen. Richardson's Division being in advance, took the road from this
place toward Sharpsburg, two and a half miles from which twon he came
up with the enemy in large force, who occupied a long ridge of hills.
They showed a line of battle one mile and a half long.
The afternoon was spent in ascertaining the position and force of the
Rebels, not a sufficient number of our troops having come up to bring
on an engagement.
Tuesday Morning, Sept. 16, 1862.
During last night the larger part of the army arrived on the ground.
It is now 9 o'clock, and no engagement has taken place. The Rebels
are rapidly moving across the river.
HARRISBURG, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1862.
The prisoners, 100 in number, captured yesterday by the New-York and
Illinois Cavalry, and sent to Chambersburg, were this morning brought
to this city and sent to Camp Curtin. Claggett Fithugh, a resident of
the vicinity of Chambersburg, was among the number. He has been
furnishing information to the enemy since their raid into Maryland.
The dead body of Gen. Garland was found concealed in one of the
wagons captured by the same party of cavalry, between Hagerstown and
The wire to Hagerstown is again in good working order.
Later from the Front.
FREDERICK, Md., Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1862.
The following is to The Baltimore American:
The intelligence from the front this morning is of the most cheering
character. Notwithstanding the bad news from Harper's Ferry, Gen
McClellan was pursuing them with a vigor most destructive to the
McClellan pursued the enemy on Monday morning with his reserves and a
large body of fresh troops. The enemy took road the toward the river
at Harper's Ferry and at Sheppardstown, and he was pursuing them and
shelling their retreat with great loss. In several contests Monday
where they made a stand, our troops charged on them with such vigor
that they fell back from point to point in great haste. The battles
and advantages obtained on Monday are thought to be superior in
importance than that of Sunday.
Drayton's South Carolina brigade is entirely gone - either killed,
wounded, or prisoners. The 17th Michigan, a new regiment, "done up"
this brigade, first with bullets, finally with bayonets.
Howell Cobb was wounded and taken prisoner, and will be back in
Frederick sooner than he boasted he would.
Gen. McClellan was pushing on them last evening, however, very close,
and had already sent to the rear 8,000 prisoners and four batteries.
Col. Stroge of the 19th Virginia and Col. James of the 3d South
Carolina were killed on Sunday last. Their bodies were left in our
The South Carolina Brigade was severely handled.
THE WAR IN WESTERN VIRGINIA
The Fighting at Charleston - The Rebels
Severely Handled - The Destruction of
the Village - Orderly Retreat of Col.
GALLIPOLIS, Monday, Sept. 15, 1862.
No particulars of the Charleston fight have been received. All
reports, however, agree that the Rebels were severely handled, and
repulsed with great loss. Col. Lightburn gave the citizens an hour's
notice to leave the town before the place was destroyed. Lightburn's
forces marched through the place in perfect order, taking the Ripley
road, going toward Ravenswood, on the Ohio River, where they arrived
this evening, bringing his baggage train through in safety. Steamers
have been sent to his assistance. The 47th Ohio, 9th Virginia, and 2d
Virginia Cavalry, who were cut off at Summerville, succeeded in
joining Lightburn, and were in the Charleston fight.
This place is full of refugee contrabands, who came down the Kanawha
in boats, most of whom are in a destitute condition. There are 500
sick and wounded soldiers here, sent from Charleston before the fight.
The enemy is supposed to be moving slowly down the Kanawha.
QUINCY, Ill., Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1862.
Col. McNeil had a two hours' fight with Porter's gang of guerrillas,
near Shelburne, yesterday, resulting in the complete rout of the
latter, with the loss of 2 killed and a number wounded. Col. McNeil
captured 20 wagons and a number of horses and guns.
- Brian Downey wrote:
> BTW, in the future I plan to get copies of other newspapers for
> comparison ... I'll bet these events played a little differently in
I've done quite a lot of work with the Richmond papers of that period.
And you're right about how the accounts differed. If the piece
originated with the Richmond paper and the battle was a success, it was
a sound beating with the "enemy" being driven back towards Washington.
If it was less than a success the story was still printed but with words
like "temporary setback" included or "the numbers of the enemy proved to
be too great, still the men of (plug in whichever unit that was
engaged)engaged the enemy with boldness and gallantry."
One thing that surprised me was entire dispatches and orders were often
printed within a day or so of the battle. One other thing I found very
interesting was the Richmond papers would often print the same story as
it appeared in the Washington Star side by side of their own account.