487Re: [TalkAntietam] Cook's (8th Mass) Btty at South Mt.
- Jan 21, 2002You have the wrong person. I'm Thomas in N.C.
Bill or Glenna Jo Christen wrote:
> NJ Rebel wrote:
> > > shots, the enemy unmasked a battery on his left, over Shriver's Gap, from
> > a small field enveloped by woods. He threw canister and shell, and drove
> > Cook's cannoneers and drivers down the road with their limbers. (3)
> > Question: Where is Shriver's Gap? and in relation to Fox's and Turner's
> > Gaps?
> Shriver's Gap is further up the South Mountain chain. Not all officers were
> familiar with the names is the local geographic gazetteer. Here he is
> probably referring to some guns of Boundourant's battery (Jeff Davis
> Artillery) at the top of Fox's Gap along the old mountain road leading to
> Turner's Gap. The location of the battery was probably 100-150 yards away
> from where Reno's monument is today...to the north/northeast.
> > > At this juncture, and while we [17MI] were about to deploy on the right,
> > the enemy suddenly opened (at about 200 yards) with a battery which
> > enfiladed the road at this point... (1)
> > Would this have been a masked battery?
> It was Boundurants's. When the guns were rolled forward to the edge of the
> woods bordering Wise's large field across from the Reno Monument they had a
> direct line of sight down the road (today Reno Monument Road) and into the
> field across from the Hofman House. The woods today obscure that line of
> sight. I do not know how many guns were deployed...probably a section not the
> entire battery. There were also CS guns on the north side of Turner's Gap
> that could fire into Wise's fields and the are near the Hofman House.
> > > Cook gallantly remained with his guns. Cook here lost 1 man killed, 4
> > wounded, and 2 horses killed. (3)
> > Was all this due to heavy Confederate artillery fire, small arms fire or a
> > combination of both?
> Probably the balance of the fire was from CS artillery. This took place
> during the "lull" that occurred around noon. CS infantry ws spread thin along
> the old road to the Mountain House. There was probably sporadic small arms
> fire that increased as CS troops (Drayton's Brigade) formed behind the
> stonewalls lining the old road at the top of Wise's large field .
> > > The attack was so sudden, the whole division being under fire (a flank
> > fire), that a temporary panic occurred until I [WILLCOX] caused the
> > Seventy-ninth New York...and Seventeenth Michigan... on the extreme left to
> > draw across the road, facing the enemy, who were so close that we expected
> > a charge to take Cook's battery. (3)
> > How close were Confederate troops at this point in time to the 79th NY and
> > 17th MI?
> At the top of the road near the intersection of Fox's Gap Road and the old
> mountain road. Soldiers in the 17th wrote of being pinned down by artillery
> and infantry fire for some time. The order for a general advance would not
> come for a few hours. At that time the veterans of the 79th teased the green
> troops of the 17th about there dress uniforms and hats. Some 17th boys still
> had their white gloves tucked into their belts according to veteran's tales.
> The CS troops did not leave their lines in the old road.
> Willcox's order to deploy came after the initial artillery attack that caused
> some confusion in the ranks of the 17th who were in column (either in
> platoons or by four's). The road just down from the Hofman House goes through
> a narrow cut.
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