4740Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: Kentucky Rfiles used in the battle of Sharpsburg
- Jun 2, 2008Dear Scott,
Use of smoothbore weapons...like the M1842 Springfield...is well
documented for both sides at Antietam. However, the Harpers
Weekly issue might be talking about Kentucky troops in the
To my knowledge I have never heard of any KY rifle use at
Sharpsburg during the battle but maybe Tom Clemens knows. As to
the shotgun...that would be a most unusual weapon for an
infantryman to carry... I would understand cavalry, especially
Rhorbach Barn...question then becomes which Rohrbach farm?
Yr. Obt. Svt.
G E "Gerry" Mayers
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Scott Hann" <wutheringheights@...>
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2008 8:23 AM
Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: Kentucky Rfiles used in the battle of
There's a woodcut in August 17, 1861 issue of Harper's Weekly
depicting Confederate uniforms, one of which is for the Kentucky
Brigade. It's unclear if they were armed with Kentucky Rifles,
were just a brigade from Kentucky armed with rifled muskets. In
either case, to the best of my knowledge, there was not a brigade
Antietam that was armed exclusively with outdated Kentucky
However, could this longarm have seen use at Antietam?
I've been corresponding with a 2nd Georgia historian who's heard
rumors of their use at Sharpsburg, however we're looking for
definitive proof that at least one solider is documented to have
one at Antietam.
We know for a fact that the Irish Brigade was issued Model 1842
.69-caliber smoothbore muskets. In my own collection I have an
English Mortimer shotgun found in the Rohrbach Barn after the
(probably left by a wounded soldier), and a bayonet adapted for
a shotgun documented to have been found on the battlefield.
So, with a overall range of 700-800 yards, and the ability to
man at 250 yards, it's at least plausible that the Kentucky
with its' superior accuracy over the above mentioned arms, could
seen use at Antietam.
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