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5204Re: [TalkAntietam] Right flank retreat at Sunken Road

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  • G E Mayers
    Dec 30, 2008

      Good question! I do know that J W Shinn, a First Sergeant of
      Company B of the 4th NC, made some acerbic comments about the men
      retreating from the Sunken Road.

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

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      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Stephen Recker" <recker@...>
      To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2008 1:13 PM
      Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Right flank retreat at Sunken Road

      >I found this in Carman: While Pryor's and Featherston's
      >brigades, after
      > their repulse, were lying in the road with G. B. Anderson's
      > men, they
      > were subjected to a severe fire of artillery and musketry. The
      > sudden
      > advance ordered by Colonel Barnes started some of the men to
      > the rear
      > and Colonel Posey, observing the crowded condition of the
      > troops in the
      > road, subjected to much loss, ordered his own brigade to
      > retire. A
      > scene of great confusion now ensued from the mingling of
      > different
      > brigades. Caldwell's Brigade now swept to the front [and
      > opened fire-
      > crossed out] and Pryor's and Featherston's men retreated
      > carrying with
      > them the 4th and 30th North Carolina. Colonel Bennett reports
      > that
      > while he was observing the right of his brigade "masses of
      > Confederate
      > troops in great confusion were seen, portions of Major General
      > Anderson's Division, as we then knew, for the 16th Mississippi
      > and the
      > 2nd Florida of that command [left regiments respectively of
      > Featherston
      > and Pryor], coming to our succor, broke beyond the power of
      > rallying
      > after five minutes stay. In this stampede, if we may so term
      > it, the
      > 4th North Carolina State Troops and the 30th North Carolina
      > State
      > Troops participated." As an officer of the 4th North Carolina
      > writes:
      > "I think Featherston was started to the right, but instead of
      > getting
      > there came up behind us, where he was not needed, for we could
      > have
      > held our position indefinitely. He sustained great loss in
      > killed and
      > wounded and I have always thought was the cause of the line
      > breaking,
      > for when he found he was not needed there he gave an order to
      > fall
      > back, which was mistaken for a general order and all that could
      > walk
      > went back with him, which caused a general break in the line."
      > Perfect. You can always cound on Carman. Now, the question is
      > (calling
      > Tom Clemens) who was the officer in the 4th NC who made those
      > comments?
      > Thanks.
      > Stephen
      > On Sunday, November 30, 2008, at 08:43 AM, Stephen Recker
      > wrote:
      >> On page 245 of Landscape Turned Red, Sears mentions that when
      >> Posey
      >> tries to extricate his MIssissippians, it starts a stampede to
      >> the
      >> rear. The footnote for that paragraph doesn't mention where
      >> that stpry
      >> comes from, unless it is from Shinn. Does anyone know of the
      >> origin of
      >> the story about Posey's brigade breaking and taking the rest
      >> of the
      >> line with it? Thanks.
      >> Stephen
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