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  • G E Mayers
    May 19 5:37 AM
      Dear Ron,

      Thank you for the excellent suggestion! I will make contact at ANBP
      with one of the rangers to arrange for a copy of that brochure to be
      sent.

      Is there also a brochure of the NW corner of the West Woods where
      Pelham had his artillery?

      Yr. Obt. Svt.
      G E "Gerry" Mayers

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      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "dickeyr46" <dickeyr46@...>
      To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Friday, May 19, 2006 8:03 AM
      Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: re Battlefield off beaten path sites and
      question


      > Gerry,
      >
      > 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.
      >
      > Ron Dickey
      >
      > --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "G E Mayers" <gerry1952@...>
      > wrote:
      >>
      >> Gang,
      >>
      >> 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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