Williamsport; passed through martinsburg, thence to Harper's Ferry; took part in the reduction of that place. Crossed the Potomac at Shepherdstown September 16. Same evening formed line of battle; slept on our arms and in position near Sharpsburg, Md.
Early on the morning of the 17th the engagement became general, continuing throughout the day, this brigade sustaining its part. It was in this battle that Brigadier General W. E. Starke fell, while gallantly leading his command. Remained in line of battle all night of the 17th.
Remained in position on the day of the 18th; recrossed the Potomac near Shepherdstown on the Morning of the 19th; held in reserve on the 20th; went into camp near Martinsburg on the 21st; remained in camp until the 28th, and moved to Bunker Hill on or about October 5. My command (the Ninth Regiment Louisiana Volunteers) was transferred from Starke's brigade to that commanded by Brigadier Gen
Harry T. Hays.
No report of casualties has been received from [G.] Coppens' battalion, Captains Raine's and Brockenbrough's batteries. Inclosed find list of casualties in First, Second, ninth, Tenth, and Fifteenth Regiments Louisiana Volunteers.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
L. A. STAFFORD,
Colonel, Commanding Brigade.
Brigadier General WILLIAM B. TALLIAFERRO,
Commanding Jackson's Division.
Return of casualties in the Second Louisiana Brigade at the battle of Sharpsburg, September 17, 1862.
Command. Officer Enliste Officer Enlis
s. d men. s. ted
1st Louisiana 1 15 9 36
2nd Louisiana 3 18 1 40
9th Louisiana 4 21 2 55
10th Louisiana 1 15 3 31
15th Louisiana 3 2 10
Total 9 72 17 172
Command. Enlisted Aggrega Remarks.
1st Louisiana 10 71 Lieutenant R.
P. Cates killed.
2nd Louisiana 62 Lieuts. H.
Hobart, James H.
McBridge, and M.
V. B. Swann
9th Louisiana 82 Captain R.
Lieuts. A. M.
Gordon, N. P.
10th Louisiana 7 57 Lieutenant A.
15th Louisiana 15
Total 17 287
Numbers 292. Report of Colonel Edmund Pendleton, Fifteenth Louisiana Infantry, commanding Starke's brigade. of operations September 13-17.
HEADQUARTERS STARKE'S BRIGADE,
Camp near Martinsburg, W. Va., October 20, 1862.
LIEUTENANT: In obedience to the order of Lieutenant-General Jackson, requiring of brigade commanders reports of the participation of their commands in the late engagements with the enemy, I have the honor to submit the following statement of the part taken by this brigade