3010Re: re Battlefield off beaten path sites and question
- May 19, 2006Gerry,
The suggestion of the area around the Locher cabin and the Hauser
Ridge are excellent. Do not miss the NW portion of the West Woods
where the 1st Minn was greeted with Pelham's artillery as they emeged
from the woods. This NW corner tree line appears to be fairly true to
the Carmen-Cope maps.
Here's a suggestion for another easy to get to spot... it is the
northeast corner of the Cornfield. If you get the NPS broucher "The
Cornfield Trail," this location is marked as stop 4. It is easily
reached by walking from Auto Tour Stop 4, north through the Cornfield
using the trail, and then east along the northern Cornfield fence to
where the Cornfield meets the East Woods. This spot trully is a
location of "serenity and sacrifice." This spot is peaceful, with no
vehicle traffic and little foot traffic. Yet, this corner of the
Cornfield equaled or exceeded the violence of the western side where
Gibbons fought. From the initial passing of Duryea's brigade at 6 am,
to the attacks by Hay's Tigers, Hartsuff's men, and Law's Brigade, the
stand by the Penn. Reserves, Ripley and Gordon facing each other, and
finally Tyndale rolling up Colquitt's flank, this corner overlooked 3
hours of back-and-forth sacrifice. This location is also neat in that
most of the states had units in action in this vicinity. This corner
was described as "...dead men literally piled upon and across each
other" by one of Tyndale's regimental commanders. Of note is what you
can't see from here... you can't see Miller's farm house, nor can you
see the West Woods. This is a fantastic spot to appreciate how
restrictive the terrain could be.
Well, that's a suggestion as a way to appreciate the Cornfield from
other than the "standard" read from Auto Stop 4.
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "G E Mayers" <gerry1952@...> wrote:
> In October (October 15th) I will be hosting a tour at Sharpsburg
> (Antietam) battlefield for the Civil War Discussion Group Fall 2006
> Muster. I realize some members of this board are also members of the
> other board.... but this is not a cross posting.
> I write with three main requests:
> 1. In addition to the remaining portion of the West Woods between the
> Philadelphia Brigade park and the SR 64 bypass, what other off the
> beaten path areas in the park are there in the area of the Morning
> Phases of the battle that can be visited with needing special
> permission to do so?
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