1625Re: [TalkAntietam] Questions about Antietam
- Sep 18, 2004Dear Tom,
I was going strictly from memory....... thanks.
Your Humble and Obdt. Servant,
G. E. "Gerry" Mayers
Confederate Signal Corps,
"It is Well that WAR is so Terrible;
else we shall grow too fond of it."
--Robert E. Lee
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Sent: Friday, September 17, 2004 10:17 PM
Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Questions about Antietam
> My further comments to your responses are in caps below (except Carman in
> lower case):
> Q: Did AP Hll's men actually display the US Flag (Stars & Stripes)?
> Good question. But I think to do so would be to risk being fired upon by
> their own men as they came up......
> LT. COL.CURTIS OF 4TH RI DESCRIBES: "AS THE ENEMY SHOWED THE NATIONAL FLAG
> [STARS AND STRIPES]..." Source: Murfin's The Gleam of Bayonets Pg 284
> Q: Were a significant number of Rebs actually in The Cornfield as Hooker's
> dawn attack began?
> What is a significant number? From what I have read, it appears (IIR) that
> Lawton's men were the ones hidden in the corn as Hooker's lead brigades came up.
> LAWTON'S DIVISION FORMED ON JONES' EXTREME RIGHT WITH HIS OWN AND TRIMBLE'S
> BRIGADES TO THE EXTREME RIGHT ASTRIDE THE SMOKETOWN ROAD FACING A NORTHEASTERLY
> CARMAN NOTES AS FOLLOWS:
> Lawton's Brigade, commanded by Colonel Marcellus Douglass, 13th Georgia, had
> six Georgia regiments--the 13th, 26th, 31st, 38th, 60th, and 61st--numbering
> 1150 men. When first in position, and until the battle had fairly opened, the
> left of the brigade was about 120 yards east of the Hagerstown road, and the
> three left regiments--the 26th, 38th, and 61st, in order named from left to
> right-- from 225 to 230 yards south of the Miller cornfield and practically
> parallel to it; the right wing of the brigade was refused and faced northeast. The
> 31st Georgia was thrown to the front and left of the right wing, and to within
> 120 yards of the, its right about 100 yards from the East Woods fence. When
> taking position, during the night of the 16th, two companies of the 31st, under
> command of Lieutenant W.H. Harrison, were advanced as pickets 50 feet into the
> corn, their right at the edge of the East Woods, their left extending to the
> Hagerstown road. Before daybreak of the 17th Harrison inadvertently stumbled
> upon the Union picket line, a few shots were fired, Harrison was captured, and
> his pickets were withdrawn from the corn and formed along its south border.
> The ground held by the brigade was somewhat lower than the cornfield, and, in
> nearly its entire length, was covered by low stone ledges, and small
> protuberances, which afforded some protection and, in places, a rail fence was thrown
> down and piled as a breastwork. In other places there was no protection, either
> of rock-ledge, inequality of the ground, or fence rails, but as the action
> progressed and the line rapidly thinned, those exposed positions were abandoned
> for the sheltered ones.
> Q: Some books really emphasize a counterattack by Rodes that reached near the
> Roulette Farm. Just how serious was this attack?
> WHEN RODES' UNIDENTIFIED TROOPS (TWO BRIGADES) REACHED THE ROULETTE FARM...
> Source: Murfin's The Gleam of Bayonets Pg 256
> Tom Shay
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