Gerry, Fuller's book is not available at Google books, but is cheap
enough at Abebooks 9-10 bucks. Might be worth picking up.
G E Mayers wrote:
> To our esteemed members:
> While reading the relevant chapters in John Michael Priest's book
> Antietam: The Soldiers' Battle (Oxford University Press paperback
> edition, 1993, New York) dealing with the savage and bloody
> fighting in the Sunken Road at Sharpsburg, I came across the
> following extremely interesting information (Chapter Twelve, page
> "Lieutenant Colonel Nelson Miles (64th/61st NY) sent Sergeant
> Charles Fuller (C Co.) with Porter A. Whitney (C Co.) and George
> Jacobs (C Co.) halfway into the trampled corn to scout what the
> Confederates were doing. The three men took cover behind some
> cornstalks, which they stood up to shield them from view. They
> observed several mounted Confederate officers off to their right
> front. After debating whether to pick them off or not, Fuller
> detached one of the men back to the regiment, who presently
> returned to order Fuller and the remain solider to retire. Their
> reticence to shoot down the officers probably saved James
> Longstreet's life." (Note: My underlining)
> Questions arise here:
> 1. Does anyone have access to Charles Augustus Fuller's memoir
> Personal Recollections of the War of 1861 to be able to check
> this story?
> (I ask because J M Priest is not always the most accurate with
> his writing about the entire Maryland Campaign; this is a
> different topic for discussion and, while it does impact somewhat
> on the question at hand, I am more interested in Fuller's actual
> 2. Did Longstreet ever learn, later on, about this incident at
> 3. Does anyone know of an account which mentions such a gathering
> of mounted Confederate officers in the area of the Piper Farm and
> Piper Farm Cornfield and who the officers involved in such a
> meeting might have been?
> Thank y'all for your help!
> Yr. Obt. Svt.
> G E "Gerry" Mayers
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> on one's mother's side, is an introduction to any state in the
> Union, a passport to any foreign country, and a benediction from
> the Almighty God. --Anonymous
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