The aggregate loss in the two engagements in as follows:
The missing are either prisoners or killed. Most of them were captured on the mountain on the 14th.
Captain Whiting and Lieutenant John Birney, C. S. Army, of my staff, were both wounded. They, with Captain Greene Peyton,assistant adjutant-general, discharged their respective duties with ability and gallantry.
The subjoined tabular statement* will exhibit the loss in the respective regiment of the brigade in both engagement. The enemy's loss in both engagements was far heavier than mine. I believe they lost three to my one at Sharpsburg, and at least two to one on the mountain.
R. E. RODES,
Major J. W. RATCHFORD,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Major General D. H. Hill's Division.
HEADQUARTERS D. H. HILL'S DIVISION,
February 4, 1863.
Lieutenant Colonel C. J. FAULKNER,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Headquarters Second Corps:
COLONEL: In reply to your note of yesterday, I beg to say that I am informed that General Hill has already forwarded to General Lee a report of the operations of this division during the period indicated. Under these circumstance, and being only temporarily in command of the division, I would respectfully refer the lieutenant-general commanding to that document.
I have the honor to be, colonel, your obedient servant,
R. E. RODES
Brigadier-General, commanding Division.
Numbers 297. Reports of Colonel D. K. McRae, Fifth North Carolina Infantry, commanding Garland's brigade, of the battles of Boonsborough and Sharpsburg.
Camp on Wright's Farm, October 18, 1862.
MAJOR: In obedience to orders calling for a report of the part taken by this brigade in the battle of the 14th at South Mountain, I have the honor to report that, under the command of Brigadier-General Garland, this brigade occupied the right of the turnpike leading from Middletown to boonsborough, just below the Mountain House, toward the former place, on the morning of the 14th about sunrise. From the turnpike at this point a road runs along the ridge for about 1 1/2 miles, and at the end