295Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: Article about Hoods Texans
- Aug 27, 2001Todd;
If you ask Tom Shay about the videos from one of the Antietam
anniversary ranger tours, there is a tape he has in which Keith
Snyder talks about how cornfields were planted in the mid-19th
Hope this helps.
Your humble servant,
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
----- Original Message -----
From: "TR Livesey" <westwood@...>
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2001 8:49 PM
Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: Article about Hoods Texans
> I am going to immediately admit that I am not an expert
> in this field (heh-heh). My statements were based
> on questions I have put to general historians, none of
> whom claimed to be agricultural experts.
> I would not, however, base any conclusions on practices
> of modern, albeit primitive, farmers. Just because they
> don't use tractors does not mean that they do it the
> same way as was done 100 years ago.
> When you look at a modern cornfield, it is so dense
> that it provides excellent concealment.
> Although I'm not certain how a 19th century cornfield
> would look, but, as I stated, I assume that it also
> provides a certain degree of concealment as well.
> Do you have any source particular to 19th century
> corn farming? I would very much like to hear an
> authoritative source on the subject.
> Thanks for your comment -
> oliverg25@... wrote:
> > --- In TalkAntietam@y..., TR Livesey <westwood@e...> wrote:
> > > David,
> > >
> > > > Corn planting patterns were different in 1862, not nearly
> > > dense, with rows being wide enough for a horse to move
> > > This would imply that the corn will have different degrees
> > > concealment,
> > Not So!
> > Once the corn is planted a horse never goes into the field.
> > and planting is usually done with a team of horses, not one.
> > planting there is no need for a horse to go back into the
> > a horse does not damage the top soil as much as a tractor
> > Amish farmers in PA still use horses and mules and their rows
> > tighter than those of farmers using tractors. Their fields
> > tight you can not look down a row.
> > This might come through twice when Hotmail gets its act
> > O.G.
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