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Col Leroy A Stafford's Official Report

Report of January 21, 1863 for Starke's Brigade on the Maryland Campaign

L. A. Stafford

[author biography]

January 21, 1863.

Commanding Jackson's Division.

GENERAL: I have the honor herewith to submit the following report:

The brigade, consisting [of the] First, Second, Ninth, Tenth, and Fifteenth, and Coppens' battalion Louisiana Volunteers, reported near Gordonsville on or about August 12, 1862, and was assigned to duty in the division of Major Gen T. J. Jackson.

[Portion omitted here is in the OR, Series I, Vol 12. Part 2, Page 669.]

On the 31st we took up the line of march, and on September 1, at Chantilly, we again met the enemy and repulsed them. We resumed our line or march; passed through Dranesville, Leesburg, and crossed the Potomac on September 5. Passed through Frederick City, Md.; encamped 2 miles beyond. Recrossed the Potomac on September 11 at Williamsport; passed through Martinsburg, thence to Harper's Ferry; took part in the reduction of that place. Crossed the Potomac at Shepherdstown September 16. Same evening formed line of battle; slept on our arms and in position near Sharpsburg, Md.

Early on the morning of the 17th the engagement became general, continuing throughout the day, this brigade sustaining its part. It was in this battle that Brigadier General W. E. Starke fell, while gallantly leading his command. Remained in line of battle all night of the 17th.

Remained in position on the day of the 18th; recrossed the Potomac near Shepherdstown on the morning of the 19th; held in reserve on the 20th; went into camp near Martinsburg on the 21st; remained in camp until the 28th, and moved to Bunker Hill on or about October 5. My command (the Ninth Regiment Louisiana Volunteers) was transferred from Starke's brigade to that commanded by Brigadier Gen Harry T. Hays.

No report of casualties has been received from [G.] Coppens' battalion, Captains Raine's and Brockenbrough's batteries. Inclosed find list of casualties in First, Second, Ninth, Tenth, and Fifteenth Regiments Louisiana Volunteers.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.


casualty chart for Starke's Brigade; aggregate losses were 81 killed, 189 wounded, and 17 missing

Source: OFFICIAL RECORDS: Series 1, Vol 19, Part 1 (Antietam - Serial 27) , Pages 1014 - 1015


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