Battle of Sharpsburg—Guilford Grays
Again are the people of this community grieved by the loss of friends and relations who have fallen in battle, whilst nobly assisting their comrades in arms in driving back the foe.
In the battle at Sharpsburg on the 18th of September, the 27th regiment, Walker’s Brigade, acted a conspicuous part, and no less conspicuous was the conduct of the Guilford Grays, who are attached to that regiment. The 27th was in the thickest of the fight, and for some time bore the brunt of the engagement. The regiment went into the action with 300 men, of whom two hundred and three were killed and wounded. The wounds, we learn, are generally slight. The flag of the regiment was completely riddled—having had thirty-two holes shot through it, and two balls into the staff. The conduct of officers and men in the sanguine engagement is spoken of in the highest terms of praise. The Guilford Grays acted well their part, as the list of casualties in the company fully attests. Of forty-seven who were in battle, twenty five were killed and wounded. The death of Capt. Adams will be severely felt, not only by the men immediately under his command, but also by the entire regiment. No braver man, or more gallant soldier fell on that day. He received his death-wound through the stomach, the ball coming out at the spine, killing him almost instantly. The following is a list of the casualties in the Grays, so far received:
Killed—Capt. Adams, R. L. Smith, A. F. Coble, Samuel Young, J. M. Edwards.
Wounded—C. A. Campbell, W. D. Archer, H. Kreider, J. E. McLean,W. D. McAdoo, William McFarland, Samuel Gray, J. S. Hall, W. W. Underwood, L. L. Prather, B. F. Burnsides, R. L. Donnell, W. T. Hunter, S. D. Winbourne, P. M. Brown, A. W. Klutts.
Missing—J. T. Edwards, R. B. Gibson, H. R. Forbis, P. Crutchfield, J. S. Wilson.
No further particulars regarding troops from this State have reached us. It is to be regretted that our soldiers are so negligent about keeping their friends at home advised of their actions.
Source: The Greensborough Patriot, October 2, 1862 as found in Confederate Newspaper Project
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