(September 17, 1862.)
Early in the morning of the 17th, while in the position taken on the evening before, Jackson's Division was subjected to a heavy fire of artillery from the light Batteries in its front which was replied to by the Batteries of the Division, Poague's, Carpenter's, Brockenbrough's, Raine's, Caskie's and Wooding's. Heavy guns beyond the Antietam enfiladed the Division line and took it in reverse. Upon the advance of the Federal line, at 6 A. M., east of and on the Pike, the Confederate skirmishers were thrown out behind the rocky ledge 78 yards west of this and fired into the flank of Doubleday's Division as it neared this point. By the deployment of Gibbon's and Patrick's Brigades west of the Pike the skirmishers were driven in, Doubleday advanced to and south of this point, met Grigsby's first line - the Brigades of Winder and Jones - and after an obstinate contest of over half an hour, Grigsby was compelled to fall back to the second line in the edge of the woods 380 yards south. In the early part of the day Brigadier General Jones was wounded and turned over command of the Division to Brigadier General W. E. Starke.