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Capt Henry R Myers' Official Report

Report of September 19, 1862

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HDQRS. EIGHTY-EIGHTH REGIMENT PENNSYLVANIA VOLS.,
Camp near Sharpsburg, Md., September 19, 1862.

Lieutenant DAVID P. WEAVER,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

SIR: I have the honor to report that, in obedience to orders detailing the regiment as wagon guard on the 14th instant, we marched from about a mile east of Frederick City through that town, and halted about 2 miles west of it until near dark, when we received orders to join the brigade. We started on the march, passing through Middletown, and encamped on South Mountain late at night until daylight next morning (15th), when we continued our march in search of the brigade, which we reached about 10 a. m. About noon we started, passing through Boonsborough, and encamped about half a mile outside of Petersville [Keedysville]. Late in the afternoon on the 16th we moved forward on the left of the Ninetieth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, and laid on our arms all night in a woods.

Shortly after daylight our division advanced in line of battle, our Brigade supporting General Hartsuff, the Ninetieth on our right and Ninety-fourth on our left, to the end of a woods, where we relieved the Ninth New York, and commenced firing, continuing for about two hours, when we were ordered to fall back, fill our cartridge-boxes, and draw rations. We then waited further orders.

During the engagement Major [Lt Col] George W. Gile was badly wounded in the leg, and the command devolved upon Captain H. R. Myers.

The loss is as follows: Killed, 10; wounded, 62; missing, 5.

I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,

H. R. MYERS,
Captain, Commanding Eighty-eight Pennsylvania Volunteers.

Source: OFFICIAL RECORDS: Series 1, Vol 19, Part 1 (Antietam - Serial 27) , Pages 264 - 265

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