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Battle of Antietam
New York Times Articles

The following article is transcribed from the New York Times dated September 20, 1862:


BALTIMORE, Friday, Sept. 19.


          A gentleman who left the battle-field at 9 o'clock on Wednesday night, confirms the statement of the reporter of the Associated Press at headquarters, in every particular. He says that our forces occupied the position chosen by the enemy at the commencement of the battle, and that the rebels were driven back a mile and a half at all points, except upon our extreme right, which they still held at the close of the day. Our informant was all day within a hundred yards of Gen. MCCLELLAN, and says that the results of the day were regarded by him and his Staff as a glorious victory, though not a final one. There was no faltering at any point of the line of our whole army. Our soldiers were exultant at the results of the day's fight, and Gen. MCCLELLAN was in the highest spirits. The opinion of Gen. MCCLELLAN and those around him was that the final result would depend on who got reinforcements first. Our informant says that nothing had been heard on the field of the capture of Gen. LONGSTREET or the killing of Gen. HILL, and that there is no truth in either report. Twenty thousand more reinforcements were expected to reach the field yesterday from Harrisburgh. Our informant thinks the loss of the rebels fully equal to ours. The gentleman who furnished us with the foregoing intelligence is one of our most respectable and intelligent citizens, and says that the battle of Wednesday was not a decisive one. It was a contest in which all the advantages were with Gen. MCCLELLAN, who occupied the field of battle at the close of the day.

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