1110Re: [TalkAntietam] Hartwig's talk on Iron Brigade
- Feb 7, 2003In a message dated 02/05/2003 9:24:00 PM EST, clemens@... writes:
<< Scott is indeed writing a multi-volume work on the Maryland Campaign and
some of the Eastern PA folks have read drafts. >>
Great news to hear!
As time permits, I'll post some additional notes from Scott's recent talk.
The Iron Brigade brigade advanced in Closed Columns By Division at about 4:45
AM as the first streaks of daylight appeared. He stated the corn was 7-8 feet
high. As the men began their firefight at south end of the Cornfield, Union
artillery (from across creek) began falling short and caused the 6 WI plenty
One part of the talk that I found interesting was his details on the
deployment and advance of the Iron Brigade's skirmish line. The skirimish
line was divided into two sections.He criticized the section that was
commanded by a Captain Hoo (Scott pronounced it 'hoo' so my spelling is
likely way off). He noted that this section failed to aggressively advance
and it's poor performance stood out in comparison with the rest of the
The other skirmish section (under Captain Kellogg) did outstanding work.
After the Cornfield fight and Hood's attack, the remnants of Iron Brigade
rallied to the north. Kellogg pulled together a bunch of stragglers.
Doubleday (division commander) rode up and asked what regiment this was.
Kellogg replied that it was men of several regiments. When Doubleday
commended what he assumed were men of Wisconsin; Kellogg corrected him and
stated these are not Wisconsin men, as Wisconsin men never run.
Scott noted the quality of men in the Iron Brigade can be seen in the
extremely low number of men missing just four weeks after Antietam.
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