|A series of ravines had to be crossed by Ninth Corps (looking west)|
For the Federals of Rodman and Willcox's division, their fight didn't really begin until after capture of the bridge. They would face an increasingly desperate defense by Toomb's resupplied Confederates and other elements of David Jones's division. These Confederates attempted to hold back the surging Federals who moved over the series of ridges east of the Harper's Ferry Road towards Sharpsburg. As you behold this difficult terrain, it is easier to see why Lee decided to make his stand "in these hills" in the first place. It is also important to credit the Ninth Corps with completing a difficult advance over some very challenging ground.
|Jim and John in the footprints of the 16th Conn. (looking west)|
|Fellow Volunteer Jim Buchanan|