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  • NJ Rebel
    Sep 18, 2004
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      Dear Tom,

      I was going strictly from memory....... thanks.
      I remain,
      Your Humble and Obdt. Servant,
      G. E. "Gerry" Mayers
      Corporal,
      Confederate Signal Corps,
      Longstreet's 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


      > Gerry,
      >
      > 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
      > DIRECTION."
      >
      > 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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