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403Re: [TalkAntietam] George Otott Article in Savas re First Texas and Cornfield

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  • TR Livesey
    Dec 18, 2001
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      Gerry,

      Glad you found the work interesting. :)

      We should consider trying to do a muster this next sprint,
      even if only a handful of us can make it.

      TRL

      NJ Rebel wrote:

      > 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!
      >
      > Your humble servant,
      > 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
      >>
      > about.
      >
      >>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
      >
      >>on your end?
      >>
      >>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.
      >> >
      >> > Your humble servant,
      >> > 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
      >>
      > about
      >
      >> >>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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