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After their arrival in Sharpsburg the 49th was posted in reserve near [[Burnside's Bridge]]. After some time resting they were ordered to support the attack at the west woods. There they pushed the Union troops out of the woods until they were halted at the edge of the cornfield. They remained in this position, under almost constant artillery shelling, for the rest of the day and into the night.<ref>''Histories'' p. 128 - p.129</ref><ref>''Ransom's Report''</ref>
 
After their arrival in Sharpsburg the 49th was posted in reserve near [[Burnside's Bridge]]. After some time resting they were ordered to support the attack at the west woods. There they pushed the Union troops out of the woods until they were halted at the edge of the cornfield. They remained in this position, under almost constant artillery shelling, for the rest of the day and into the night.<ref>''Histories'' p. 128 - p.129</ref><ref>''Ransom's Report''</ref>
 
 
Afterward the army fell back and took up position near Fredericksburg, Virginia. The 49th participated in the battle there being posted on [[Marye's Heights]]. Shortly after the battle General Ransom's Brigade was recalled to eastern North Carolina. The 49th served in the New Bern area and near the Chowan River in North Carolina with the purpose of protecting the [[Wilmington and Weldon Railroad|Petersburg / Weldon / Wilmington]] railroad. During this time they fought frequent skirmishes with Union cavalry forces attempting to raid the railroad.<ref>''Histories'' p. 129 - p. 130</ref>
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Afterward the army fell back and took up position near Fredericksburg, Virginia. The 49th participated in the battle there being posted on [[Marye's Heights]]. Shortly after the battle General Ransom's Brigade was recalled to eastern North Carolina. The 49th served in the [[New Bern, North Carolina|New Bern]] area and near the Chowan River in North Carolina with the purpose of protecting the [[Wilmington and Weldon Railroad|Petersburg / Weldon / Wilmington]] railroad. During this time they fought frequent skirmishes with Union cavalry forces attempting to raid the railroad.<ref>''Histories'' p. 129 - p. 130</ref>
   
 
Returning to Virginia the unit participated in several battles as part of the [[Bermuda Hundred Campaign]], eventually taking their place in the Petersburg line on the Confederate left just south of the James River.
 
Returning to Virginia the unit participated in several battles as part of the [[Bermuda Hundred Campaign]], eventually taking their place in the Petersburg line on the Confederate left just south of the James River.
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