We were hurried forward, and Company A passed through Miller’s yard, crossed the [Hagerstown] pike, past the barn into the field, advanced part way up the hill, and lay down [near Miller’s famous cornfield]. We were soon ordered up, and the Rebs fired at us; one ball took off my cap and nearly took my little finger, and one passed through the right sleeve of my coat. We were again ordered to lie down, and in a few minutes were ordered forward [into the cornfield]. I had fired about three loads when a ball went through my [right] leg.

— Corporal David S. Wilkinson, Co. A, 124th Pennsylvania Infantry at Antietam on 17 September 1862

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