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Their replies were not reassuring. The enemy held commanding positions on both flanks of Turner’s Gap. “On our left a commanding hill was lost before night,” wrote D. H. Hill, “Batteries posted upon it next morning, acting in concert with the heavy batteries placed on our right … would have made any position untenable on the pike or the crest of the mountain.” Longstreet agreed: “The enemy was in great force with commanding positions on both flanks, which would give a cross-fire for his batteries . . . making the cramped position of the Confederates at the Mountain House [Turner’s Gap] untenable.” Longstreet personally confirmed the situation while riding to join Hill, when he “discovered. everything . . . in such disjointed condition that it would be impossible for my troops and Hill’s to hold the mountain against such forces as McClellan had there.” Hood agreed: “After a long debate, it was decided to retire and fall back to Sharpsburg.” Lee had no choice: he had to abandon Maryland.