HEADQUARTERS ARTILLERY CAMP,
October 19, 1862.
Lieutenant Colonel E. P. ALEXANDER,
Chief of Artillery, &c.
COLONEL: In response to your inquiry of this morning, "as to the time and place of, and the circumstances attending, the loss of two 10-pounder Parrott guns and the rear part of caisson in the recent engagements," I am happy to state that you have been misinformed as to my losing two guns and rear [carriage of] caisson. During the engagement of September 17 at Sharpsburg (I presume between the hours of 3 and 4 o'clock) I had a 10-pounder Parrott disabled, axle being lost. The gun was then hauled off some 800 yards, and limber sent off for another carriage, which was soon procured, and forthwith returned for the gun, but, during the interim, some one, supposing the gun abandoned, appropriated it. These are the particulars as I get them from Lieutenant C. R. Phelps, then in command.
M. N. MOORMAN,
Captain, Commanding Artillery Battalion, Anderson's Division.
Source: OFFICIAL RECORDS: Series 1, Vol 19, Part 1 (Antietam - Serial 27) , Page 847