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  • G E Mayers
    Feb 6, 2008
      IIRC, the Sixth pretty much was in the upper corner of The
      Cornfield at about that time. They did have the almost muzzle to
      muzzle firefight with some of Stark's Louisiana boys
      earlier...from opposing sides of the Turnpike fencing....

      I think the First Texas got as far as it did owing to
      distractions on the part of the Federals from Confederate units
      (4th Tex, 18thGa, Hampton Legion Infantry) along the fence line
      roughly halfway in the Cornfield...this is IIRC.

      You could be right...the First Texas managed to exploit a
      relatively small window of lesser opposition due to the presence
      of other Confederate units at the north edge of the Cornfield and
      near the East Woods distracting Federal units.

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

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      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Dean Essig" <dean_essig@...>
      To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2008 11:49 AM
      Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] 6 Wisconsin vs Texans?

      > Gerry,
      > While true, it doesn't address the basic question: did
      > the 6 Wisc withdraw (or begin to withdraw) before the
      > Texans slammed into the cornfield, or were they
      > steamrolled _by_ them.
      > I'm trying to figure out _who_ the Texans had to drive
      > through on the way to the muzzles of those guns... who
      > was still an organized unit in the cornfield at that
      > point. Or, was there no real formed units there and
      > they mopped up some stragglers on their way north?
      > Dean
      > --- G E Mayers <gerry1952@...> wrote:
      >> Dear Dean,
      >> Good question!
      >> I think Gibbon's brigade, if you follow the advance
      >> (BTW I
      >> recommend Scott Mingus Sr's book Undying Courage...a
      >> wargaming
      >> book about Antietam....), had multiple "adversaries"
      >> to deal with
      >> up to the time they finally withdrew.
      >> I think the cumulative effect of all the CSA
      >> counterattacks and
      >> losses is what made the survivors of the brigade,
      >> including the
      >> Sixth Wisconsin, pull back.
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