1104Re: [TalkAntietam] Hartwig's talk on Iron Brigade
- Feb 5, 2003Tom,
Scott is indeed writing a multi-volume work on the Maryland Campaign and
some of the Eastern PA folks have read drafts. I have sent him some
stuff and heard bits and pieces of his thoughts. It will be very good.
It will be a nice complement to Joe Harsh's books because Scott will
focus on operational and tactical issues more that Joe does, and less on
strategy. I know he has re-thought some things after seeing Joe's
books, but is not intimidated by them.
Also, he is aware of my work and agrees with the conclusions. That was
part ofthe reason I wrote teh teasing message a while back.
BTW, I was in Milwaukee a few weeks ago to speak to the CWRT there. I
sat next to a man whose father was in the Iron Brigade of the West, and
Lance Herdigan personally presented me with a pin making me an honorary
member of the Iron Brigade Society. He had a smile so big you could
barely see his shoes!
>I attended GNMP Ranger Scott Hartwig's talk at Eastern PA CWRT (Allentown,
>PA) meeting last night. There were about 140 people in attendance.
>His topic was 'Iron Brigade in the Cornfield'. His talk lasted 90 minutes and
>was very good. He provided an overview of the regiments as their first battle
>at Brawner's Farm and entered the Antietam Campaign.
>Using plenty of letters and other accounts, Scott captured the scene as they
>encamped north of the Poffenberger Farm on the night of Sept 16. He then gave
>a detailed account of the brigade's advance and fight at the Cornfield. His
>primary accounts were from Rufus Dawes and other members of the 6th WI.
>I took a few notes and will post additional comments later.
>With a long drive home, I left as the Q&A was underway (mostly Gettysburg
>questions). I had wanted to ask Scott if he is indeed working on an Antietam
>book and also his thoughts on origin of the Iron Brigade's naming (having
>read Tom Clemens' excellent essay on that subject).
>Tom Shay - Cressona, PA
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