The chosen lot which is under threat of developement is directly in
the main part of the battlefeild.
This information is correct. If you read the Official Records of the
civil war there is a section stating where the confederates are under
direct fire from canister, case shot, and grape shot. This area is
located toward the south side of the battlefield. It is not on the
farm being proposed for developement at all. Infact it is on the farm
closer to the river. The real reason why there are artillery
fragments on the faraway farm is that the federal positions couldn't
see who they were actually shooting at. That is one reason for the
abundance of exploded ordinance found on the battlefield. The
position on the Va. side of the river is actually at a higher
elevation than on the Maryland side of the river. Those batteries on
the Maryland side had to adjust there pieces to go over the hill.
That is the main reason that there are artillery pieces that go back
One thing is evident. The batteries on the Maryland side of the river
had to have someone from the area directing their artillery fire.
There are so many gullies that run directly back from the river in
this vicinity. The fact that the federal artillery batteries knew
exactly where to place there shells is a mystery to me. They hit the
main hills where there was no visibility and missed the gullies by a