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283Re: [TalkAntietam] Article about Hoods Texans

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  • TR Livesey
    Aug 22, 2001
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      Gerry,

      Good question.

      I have provided links to two images.

      Image 1 (http://www.enteract.com/~westwood/hl1.gif) shows
      the elevation in the region of interest. I have also
      drawn the approximate location of Union troops (7 WI/19 IND)
      and Confederate troops (18 GA,H.L.,4 TX) as according to
      plate 4 of the Antietam Battlefield Atlas.

      Image 2 (http://www.enteract.com/~westwood/hl2.gif) shows
      an analytical estimation of what each point from the Union
      position can see of the Confederate position. Each point in
      the Union position is color coded as to what percentage of
      the Confederate position is visible (red - highest visibility,
      blue, green, yellow worst). This chart summarizes the numbers:

      |---------------------------------------------------------|
      | Category Information | % |
      | #|description | cover|
      |---------------------------------------------------------|
      | 0|no data. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 3.82|
      | 1| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 27.42|
      | 2| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 2.01|
      | 3| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.36|
      | 4| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 0.61|
      | 5| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.57|
      | 6| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 0.70|
      | 7| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.35|
      | 8| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.31|
      | 9| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.59|
      |10| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 0.52|
      |11| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.41|
      |12| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.31|
      |13| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.17|
      |14| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.69|
      |15| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 2.48|
      |16| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.64|
      |17| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 2.34|
      |18| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 2.58|
      |19| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.41|
      |20| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 3.28|
      |21| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 2.34|
      |22| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 2.81|
      |23| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.64|
      |24| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 0.70|
      |25| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 2.06|
      |26| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 2.11|
      |27| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 2.58|
      |28| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.17|
      |29| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.64|
      |30| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.59|
      |31| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.17|
      |32| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.87|
      |33| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.31|
      |34| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 3.51|
      |35| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.99|
      |36| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 2.29|
      |37| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.36|
      |38| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.07|
      |39| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.12|
      |40| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.80|
      |41| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 0.47|
      |42| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 0.23|
      |43| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 0.23|
      |45| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 1.13|
      |48| . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 0.23|
      |---------------------------------------------------------|
      |TOTAL |100.00|
      +---------------------------------------------------------+

      What this chart says is that 3.82% of the Union position can
      see nothing of the Confederate position. 27.42% of the Union
      position can see greater than 0% but no more than 1% of the
      Confederate position. 2.01% of the Union position can see
      more than 1% but no more than 2% of the Confederate
      position, etc. Note that the best spot on the Union position
      can see about 48% of the Confederate position, which is really
      quite good. In all, almost 60% of the Union troops can see 10%
      or more of the Confederate position.

      In all, I think it is safe to conclude that Union troops at
      'the ledge' can fire into Confederate troops east of the
      turnpike.

      Hope that helps.

      Regards,
      Todd Livesey
      westwood@...

      NJ Rebel wrote:
      >
      > David,
      >
      > That is a good question indeed. However, the information I have
      > read speaks of a slight plateau along with the left wing of the
      > Texas Brigade had anchored itself. Perhaps this was how the
      > Federal troops near the Turnpike on the western side were able to
      > fire into the Hampton Legion and the Eighteenth Georgia. Also,
      > remember the two units began to take battery fire from Campbell's
      > battery. Perhaps member Todd Livesy can assist with the
      > typographical features of the area and explain whether such
      > Federal action was possible or not;
      >
      > Hope this helps!
      >
      > 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
      >
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: "David Lutton" <dunkerch@...>
      > To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2001 7:41 PM
      > Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Article about Hoods Texans
      >
      > Gerry,
      >
      > I have one question concerning the account of Hood's troops at
      > Antietam. In
      > it Hampton's Legion and the 18th Georgia began to take fire on
      > their left
      > flank causing them to change front to the west along the pike
      > fence. But
      > the nearest Union troops (that I am aware of) were situated along
      > the"ledge"
      > area. If you go to the ledge area today and look east you
      > cannot see
      > anything beyond the turnpike fence. I am not aware of any
      > physical changes
      > to the landscape in that area since the war so how could fire
      > from it be so
      > severe as to cause a change in front of a moving line???
      >
      > David Lutton
      >
      >
      >
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