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259Re: [TalkAntietam] The First Shot

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  • NJ Rebel
    Jul 18, 2001
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      Tom;

      IIRC, there is a small plaque or marker in the nnw corner of that
      part of the West Woods on the auto tour route near by the iron
      howitzer that purports to say the first shot of the Battle of
      Sharpsburg came from that gun (or one very much like it) which
      was part of the 1st Balto. Light Arty;.

      Do you recall seeing that?

      Your humble servant,
      Gerry Mayers
      Co. B, "Tom Green Rifles",
      Fourth Regiment, Texas Volunteer Infantry

      "I know of no fitter resting-place for a soldier than the field
      on which he has nobly laid down his life." --General Robert
      Edward Lee


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      Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2001 12:20 PM
      Subject: [TalkAntietam] The First Shot


      > One of many questions that came up during my recent trip to
      Antietam was:
      >
      > Who fired the first artillery shot of the Battle of Antietam on
      Sept 17?
      >
      > I thought it came from Pelham's Horse Artillery on Nicodemus
      Heights. I
      > believe it was Mike's opinion that it came from Poague's
      Battery, positioned
      > north of Dunker Church.
      >
      > According to "Lee and His Generals:The Ultimate Trivia Book" by
      Sauers it was
      > Lieutenant A.W. Garber, a member of Stuart's batteries. I
      assume this means
      > Pelham's guns.
      >
      > Any other thoughts?
      >
      > Tom Shay - Cressona, PA
      >
      >
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