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Col Nathaniel J Jacksons' Official Report

Report of September 23, 1862 of Crampton's Gap

N. J. Jackson

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HEADQUARTERS FIFTH MAINE REGIMENT,
Camp near Williamsport, Md., September 23, 1862.

Lieutenant R. P. WILSON,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, Hdqrs. Second Brigade, General Slocum's Div.

SIR: I have the honor to submit the following report of events that transpired on the 14th instant at the battle of Crampton's Pass, as far as relates to this regiment:

About 3.30 o'clock p.m., in company with the remainder of the brigade, we received orders to move forward. We were formed in the first line of battle, in company with the Sixteenth New York Volunteers, our position being upon the left. We immediately moved forward in line to assault the enemy's lines, under a severe and galling fire. Arriving within about 500 yards, we became engaged with the enemy's infantry. Our line rested behind a rail fence, which position we maintained for upward of an hour, when our ammunition became completely exhausted. We then fell back a short distance, our position being occupied by a portion of General Newton's brigade. We then received orders to fix bayonets and charge upon the enemy, which we did at double-quick. We remained upon the battle-field during the night. Both officers and men behaved in a noble manner.

Our loss was 4 killed and 28 wounded.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

N. J. JACKSON,
Colonel, Commanding Regiment.

Source: OFFICIAL RECORDS: Series 1, Vol 19, Part 1 (Antietam - Serial 27) , Page 390

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