454Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: South Mt. purchase
- Jan 6, 2002Yes, that is correct. A new house has just been constructed at the intersection
and the driveway is almost exactly where the oak stood.
David Lutton wrote:
> Reading the recent posts concerning the South Mountain purchase has raised a
> question for me concerning the site of Reno's Oak.
> My impression was that if one was coming down the hill from Reno's Monument
> the site of the oak tree was on the left at the intersection with Fox's Gap
> Road? Is this correct??
> By the way I was the one who originally asked the question about the
> purchase area and if I did not thank everyone for their input I apoligize.
> David Lutton
> Hollidaysburg Pa
> From: ringgold61 <email@example.com>
> To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2002 2:48 AM
> Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: South Mt. purchase
> > --- In TalkAntietam@y..., "Curt Johnson" <ccj@w...> wrote:
> > Hi, Mark,
> > <<SNIP>>
> > > If I understand your comments about the location where these folks
> > went into battery, you are talking about the yards and fields in the
> > vicinity of the site of the Reno Oak. While I don't disagree with
> > that site, there was also a site further up the hill and closer to
> > the Reno Monument, where there is a shelf on the north side of the
> > road (east of Wise's North Field) that was occupied by Federal
> > artillery. It was there that (I think) Cook's Bty. was wrecked. All
> > this is off the top of my head.
> > >
> > > Best wishes,
> > > Curt
> > ~~~ Your spot is the one I was referring to. It's only about half-
> > way down the hill (on the right side, looking downhill) between the
> > monument and the former Oak site. I wish I could remember the name
> > on the mailboxes . . .
> > How badly were Cook's boys treated? From Durell's unit history, I
> > thought they had simply been driven from their guns by a scalding
> > fire from close Confederate infantry. The Massachusetts men were
> > able to retire their guns from the field while the Pennsylvanians
> > were serving their pieces. The guns of the two batteries were in
> > front along the same line if I recall correctly. Cook's Battery was
> > in action three days later with their old guns, so they couldn't have
> > been too roughly handled. I've often wondered what their loss in men
> > was on that mountain.
> > Mark A. Pflum
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