## 401Re: [TalkAntietam] George Otott Article in Savas re First Texas and Cornfield

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• Dec 18, 2001
Todd;

I took some time tonight to read the various webpages you had put
together regarding what Campbell's Battery could see from both a
terrain and LOS perspective. Quite illuminating and informative
indeed. I did not realize that the math for even a single LOS
would be so complicated!

You have made a tremendous, IMHO, contribution to the
understanding of the battle from a relatively small area of the
field. I can only imagine how historians and other serious
students of the battle would benefit by more such analysis of the
various parts of the field. It would be interesting indeed to
undertake a similar study based on the accounts, etc. from the
participants of both sides in the Sunken Road and Forty Acre
Cornfield sectors. I would also wonder if a similar project as
you undertook for the artillery/infantry action near Miller's
Cornfield would be possible for where Sumner was ambushed in the
West Woods. The various folds of the terrain certainly do make
LOS extremely difficult.

Excellent work!

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

A Proud American by Birth, Southern by Choice!

"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: "TR Livesey" <tlivesey@...>
To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2001 5:03 PM
Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] George Otott Article in Savas re
First Texas and Cornfield

> Gerry & group,
>
> Sorry it has taken awhile, but I finally put together some
material
> on the LOS of Battery B's position. This is something a little
new;
> I have drawn maps that show the LOS from a particular point,
but
> the idea of drawing a map that shows the LOS from an aggregate
> set of points (e.g., the region occupied by an entire unit such
> as a regiment or a battery) came to me as I read through your
post.
>
> The results can be found under
>
>
http://www.westwoodgalleries.com/antietam/topo_study/losbattb.htm
l
>
> but you will probably want to first read through
>
>
http://www.westwoodgalleries.com/antietam/topo_study/los.html
> and
>
http://www.westwoodgalleries.com/antietam/topo_study/losregion.ht
ml
>
> which give a long-winded explanation of what I am babbling
>
> All of these pieces are part of my general analytical study of
the
> battlefield
(http://www.westwoodgalleries.com/antietam/topo_study)
> which is currently in a DRAFT, UNPROOFED, and INCOMPLETE state.
> I add bits and pieces from time to time, this being one of
them.
>
> All is well here, except that I missed my resolution to finally
make it
> to the Heritage festival this year. Damn lousy economy. How are
things
>
> Regards,
> TRL
>
> NJ Rebel wrote:
>
> > Todd,
> >
> > I agree. The focus of George's article is the First Texas
and the
> > actions of the other units in the division commanded by
Hood at
> > Antietam.
> >
> > However, due to the questions and comments regarding
Campbell's
> > Battery B, Fourth US, do you have a map or series of maps
which
> > would show the LOS and other factors as seen from that
particular
> > artillery position? Might help the current discussion,
> > particularly if you could show the LOS etc from both
Federal and
> > Confederate perspectives vis a vis the Texas Brigade and
the
> > various Federal units they contended against.
> >
> > Just a thought. Hope all is well with you my friend.
> >
> > Gerry Mayers
> > Co. B, "Tom Green Rifles",
> > Fourth Regiment, Texas Volunteer Infantry
> >
> > A Proud American by Birth, Southern by Choice!
> >
> > "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: "TR Livesey" <tlivesey@...>
> > To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
> > Sent: Saturday, December 01, 2001 11:30 PM
> > Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] George Otott Article in Savas
re
> > First Texas and Cornfield
> >
> >
> >
> >>David,
> >>
> >>Campbell's battery is mentioned a few times in the
article, but
> >>
> > no
> >
> >>substantial information is given. Naturally, the piece is
> >>the 1 TX, that that is where the focus is. Definitly a
very
> >>good read, if you have the chance.
> >>
> >>Regards,
> >> TR Livesey
> >> tlivesey@...
> >>
> >>the 1st TX the main subject
> >>David Lutton wrote:
> >>
> >>>Gerry,
> >>>
> >>>I am not familar with the article mentioned but as my
> >>>
> > interest in the battle
> >
> >>>centers around the action in the cornfield area perhaps
you
> >>>
> > would elaborate
> >
> >>>on it? Any info that Battery B, 4thUS was perhaps
involved
> >>>
> > in would be of
> >
> >>>the greatest interest to me.
> >>>
> >>>David Lutton
> >>>Hollidaysburg Pa
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