4149Re: Muster dates
- Jan 31, 2008Thanks Gerry! That jives with my notes, I'm still curious how they managed to become
respectfully drilled in so short of a period of time. Other regiments (with a few more days
or a week or so) of extra time to prepare were woefully unprepared for battle (like the 13
I must have run into a reference along the way that suggested they had a fine commander
or other experienced officers and NCOs that were in a position to get them ready.
I think I'll have to dig up their regimental history and see if I can figure out why.
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "G E Mayers" <gerry1952@...> wrote:
> IIRC, and Bill can confirm, but the 17th Michigan was green in
> the sense of never being in battle before. But they are drilled
> fairly well for a rookie unit going into combat, as opposed to
> many of the nine month units actually taking the field at
> Antietam. The 13th NJ for example had not had chance to learn how
> to load and fire until they actually did so under fire during the
> battle. Ezra Carman, who was their colonel and wounded during the
> action, is the same Ezra Carman who spent many years after the
> War as the unofficial official historian of the battle and wrote
> the famous manuscript Jake Pierro and Tom Clemens have,
> independently, been working on.
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