Please see my comments in Red under your questions.
Yr. Obt. Svt.
G E "Gerry" Mayers
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From: "troyacool" <troyacool@...>
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 10:13 PM
Subject: [TalkAntietam] Caldwell's Brigade
In the action at the eastern end of the Sunken Lane where
consolidated regiments flank the confederate position I am
about the sequence of events:
A.)the 61/64 advance and enfilade the lane then advance west
and near to the Roulette Lane
IIRC, Barlow's command of the 64th and 61st NY regiments was at
the forefront of Caldwell's brigade. They were on the field off
to the left of the Irish Brigade at about the time the IB was
being mauled by the Confederate fire from the Sunken Road. Once
Richardson takes over from Caldwell (who had an attack of the
"yellow feather" and hid behind a haystack), he orders the
brigade forward to relieve the IB. It is during this movement,
again IIRC, that Barlow is able to lead his force to the Sunken
Road. Actually, Barlow orders his command to do a "left wheel"
which brings them astride the Sunken Road and able to fire
enfilade down on the flank of the Confederates.
B.) the reminder of Caldwell's Brigade releives Meagher's Brigade
and advance south against the eastern portion of the lane.
Yes, that is correct.
C.)Accounts from both portions of the brigade speak of resistance
from the Confederates
Yes, also correct.
Which occured first did Barlow advance in from East to West in
front of the Irish and/or the rest of Caldwell's Brigade
OR did they pause while the brigade advanced south and then move
behind the entire brigade from one flank to the other to attack
I think I answered your question above. However, if you go to the
Antietam on the Web website (www.aotw.org) and then go to the
battle maps, particularly that for Richardson's Division, that
might help. The actual link is here:
It seems odd in either case: Barlow would not have been able to
advance with major Confederate forces on his left (southern)
but why would he let the brigade pass his front then move West
rather than joining the left of Caldwell's Brigade and advancing
South against the Confederates in the Piper Cornfields.
By the time Barlow advances there are no Confederates on his left
flank. Once Barlow throws his command across the Sunken Road and
enfilade fires on the Confederates, their defense starts to
collapse. This means individual soliders start pulling out of the
lane and heading to the rear, that is, Piper cornfield and apple
orchard. If you notice further down on the webpage link I gave
you, there is information about the 64th and the 61st NY units.
Clicking on them might also help.
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