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4874The Bees are Back in Town

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  • Stephen Recker
    Jul 23, 2008
      I was flipping through a stack of old CW magazines and came across and
      article by KM Brown entitled, "Mama's Darlings Amidst the Honey Bees,
      132n Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry at Antietam." It is in Virginia
      Country's Civil War magazine from 1986.

      "As the 132nd moved through the Roulette farmyard, they came within
      view of a cluster of whitewashed crates behind the house. Beehives!
      Farmer Roulette raised bees. The officers and men were unconcerned. The
      air was alive with bullets and shells. Case shot burst overhead. On
      came the 132nd. The order was given to "double-quick" the pace. "Mama's
      Darlings" stormed through the Roulette yard. Suddenly, a shot from one
      of D.H. Hill's distant Confederate batteries crashed into the hives.,
      sending swarms of bees into the faces of the pennsylvanians. As the
      troops crowded into the grounds around the farmhouse, the bees swarmed
      among them."

      It goes on for three very long and detailed paragraphs. Alas, no

      If anyone runs into Kent M. Brown at Ted Alexander's Gettysburg
      conference this weekend, maybe you could ask him where he got the story
      about the cannon hitting the beehives.

      Stephen Recker
      Antietam Battlefield Guides

      P.O. Box 705
      Sharpsburg, MD 21782

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