War of the Rebellion: Serial 027 Page 0238 Chapter XXXI. OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA.

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commanded by four lieutenants, in any line of battle that may be called for at present.

In the above action First Lieutenants Crandall and Goddard and Second Lieutenants Byram and Foster were the only officers present under me. They all conducted themselves admirably. I think it was Lieutenant Goddard who first called my attention to the enemy stealing through the corn in order to gain our flank.

Sergeant Stamp, just promoted for good conduct in a former battle, was shot through the head while gallantly carrying the national colors.

Owing to a wound in the arm received during the action, I am unable to join the regiment. First Lieutenant Crandall is next in command. I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. P. WAINWRIGHT,

Colonel Seventy-sixth Regiment New York Volunteers.

Captain E. P. HALSTEAD,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Doubleday's Brigade.

WASHINGTON, D. C., September 24, 1862.

CAPTAIN: It was with great regret, after making my report on the battle of the 14th instant at South Mountain, that I remembered having omitted the name of First Lieutenant Robert Story, Company H, as present during the action. The lieutenant was present and in command of his company, and conducted himself very meritoriously.

I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,

W. P. WAINWRIGHT,

Colonel Seventy-sixth Regiment New York Volunteers.

Captain E. P. HALSTEAD,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Doubleday's Brigade.

Numbers 17. Report of Lieutenant Colonel J. William Hofmann, Fifty-sixth Pennsylvania Infantry, of the battle of South Mountain.

HDQRS. FIFTY-SIXTH REGIMENT PENNSYLVANIA VOLS.,

Camp at Hunter's Gap, September 15, 1862.

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report the operations of the Fifty-sixth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers since the morning of the 14th instant:

The regiment left camp on the left bank of the Monocacy Creek, near the National road, on the morning of the 14th instant, at 6 a. m. Present for duty: One field officer, 1 captain, 6 lieutenants, 239 enlisted men. The regiment passed over the National road toward the South Mountain. At Middletown our regiment, in common with the brigade under command of General Doubleday, verged to the right, marching in a north westerly direction for about 2 miles, when we formed in line of battle and marched up the mountain. At the crest of it we found General Hatch's brigade warmly engaged with the enemy. General Hatch's troops forming the extreme right of our line, we formed in rear of them, and as soon as we had relieved them we opened fire on the enemy, posted some 40 yards in front of us, in a corn-field. It was now quite