5554Re: [TalkAntietam] re Rodes brigade at Sunken Road
- Mar 2, 2009Dean,
This does! Thanks! I think the ridgeline is probably the one
where the CT regiment marker is?
Yr. Obt. Svt.
G E "Gerry" Mayers
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From: "Dean Essig" <d.essig@...>
Sent: Monday, March 02, 2009 10:49 AM
Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] re Rodes brigade at Sunken Road
> See Rodes' OR Report, vol 19, part 1, pg 1037. Longstreet
> ordered Rodes to attack, his brigade and a part of Colquitt's.
> Initially, the 6 Alabama did not hear the command to attack, so
> went over to personally convey the order. He returned to the
> rest of
> the brigade after the attack had failed and was able to stop
> from withdrawing further than the Sunken Road.
> On the ground, you can see where they would have gone to. About
> yards (or less) in front of the brigade's position is a small
> ridgeline. The Union had attacked from there and withdrew
> beyond its
> crest out of sight of the Confederates. The charge was designed
> move from the Sunken Road to this position, so the Confederates
> engage the Federals on the other side.
> Based on Rodes' description, they did not go anywhere near as
> far as
> Clip/Roulette before having to retire.
> Carmen notes these same events (pg 280-281) and adds that
> brigade, too, was ordered by Longstreet to join the above
> attack and
> that afterward (while Rodes was rallying the left of the
> after the attack failed), the 6 Alabama (by itself) attacked to
> capture the colors of the 5th Maryland, forcing them back
> "about 20
> yards" whereupon the 5th rallied and drove the Alabamians back
> their original positions.
> Gordon's memoirs make no mention of this, all of it seems to
> happened after he was wounded.
> Hope that helps.
> On Mar 1, 2009, at 2:31 PM, G E Mayers wrote:
>> I have been re reading David Eicher's one volume military
>> of the Civil War, titled "The Longest Night", recently. In his
>> section on Sharpsburg and the fight at the Sunken Road, he
>> Rodes's brigade launched a counter attack that ultimately
>> the area of the Roulette and Clip Farms before being forced
>> Is this so? I have always been under the apprehension that
>> elements of George B Anderson's NC brigade, along with some
>> elements of Wright's Georgia brigade (which extended the
>> Confederate line in the lane to the right of Anderson), made a
>> counter attack on the left flank of French just before
>> Richardson brought the Irish Brigade forward.
>> Your comments and discussion appreciated.
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