CAMP NEAR SHARPSBURG, MD.,
September 25, 1862.
WILLIAM H. POWELL,
Second Lieutenant and Adjt. Fourth Inf., Actg. Asst. Adjt. General
SIR: I have the honor to report, for the information of the Colonel commanding, the operation of the Second Battalion, Fourteenth Infantry, since September 16, on which day we left Middletown, Md. During the march to the next camp nothing of importance occurred save a few shells passing over the battalion. Bivouacked on bluff near Antietam Creek.
September 17, at 1 o'clock, ordered over Antietam Creek, to support several batteries of artillery. Sent one company to the front as skirmishers under Captain Thatcher, Fourteenth Infantry, who were actively engaged during part of the afternoon. We were under a heavy fire of shell and shot for two hours. But 1 man was wounded (in the arm by piece of shell),as the men were placed under the crest of a small knoll.
At 8 in the evening we returned to our bivouac.
September 18, remained in camp.
September 19, moved to the front and camped on bluffs above the Potomac River.
The officers of my battalion acted with the utmost coolness.
D. B. McKIBBIN,
Captain Fourteenth Infantry, Commanding Second Battalion.
Source: OFFICIAL RECORDS: Series 1, Vol 19, Part 1 (Antietam - Serial 27) , Page 360