There are 2 potential sources of water that I can think of off the top of my
head, although neither is on the northern portion of the battlefield.
The first is Town Run, which starts at the Great Spring just south of Sharpsburg
Town Center and more or less follows the Burnside Bridge Road to the Antietam.
Big enough to power the Stone Mill.
The other is a large gully which runs from approximately where the Sunken Road
meets Rt 65 and runs southeast, through Piper's Orchard, crosses the Boonsboro
Pike right near where the modern picnic area is, and then drains into the
Antietam. I don't know how much water actually drained through this gully in
1862, but today it is definitely a water channel. You can view it best at the
picnic area looking south, or you can see where it crosses rt 34 by walking maybe
100 feet from the picnic area up rt 34 back toward town. I have always wondered
if this was a active channel in 1862, but I have never seen any reference to any
kind of a bridge or anything where it crosses the Boonsboro Pike.
On Mon Jan 29 13:08 , RoteBaron@...
>In regard to the Battle of Antietam, I've never seen the issue of water
>The Rebel forces that initially arrived on the field (Sept 15 & 16) would have
been there for 3+ days before crossing back into VA. With the weather being warm
and so much activity occuring, clearly those animals got thirsty.
>Where were the cav and artillery horses of Stuart's command, SD Lee's artillery
horses, etc able to water their horses? Did the local wells suffice? Did they
take them down to the Potomac? I don't recall any streams on the field that would
provide a source for this large number of horses.
>Was the the large pond that currently exists on the Roulette Farm there in 1862? TalkAntietamemail@example.com
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