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5554Re: [TalkAntietam] re Rodes brigade at Sunken Road

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  • G E Mayers
    Mar 2, 2009
      Dean,

      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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      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Dean Essig" <d.essig@...>
      To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Monday, March 02, 2009 10:49 AM
      Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] re Rodes brigade at Sunken Road


      > Gerry,
      >
      > See Rodes' OR Report, vol 19, part 1, pg 1037. Longstreet
      > himself
      > ordered Rodes to attack, his brigade and a part of Colquitt's.
      > Initially, the 6 Alabama did not hear the command to attack, so
      > Rodes
      > 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
      > them
      > from withdrawing further than the Sunken Road.
      >
      > On the ground, you can see where they would have gone to. About
      > 100
      > 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
      > to
      > move from the Sunken Road to this position, so the Confederates
      > could
      > 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
      > Cobb's
      > brigade, too, was ordered by Longstreet to join the above
      > attack and
      > that afterward (while Rodes was rallying the left of the
      > brigade
      > 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
      > into
      > their original positions.
      >
      > Gordon's memoirs make no mention of this, all of it seems to
      > have
      > happened after he was wounded.
      >
      > Hope that helps.
      >
      > Dean
      >
      > On Mar 1, 2009, at 2:31 PM, G E Mayers wrote:
      >
      >> I have been re reading David Eicher's one volume military
      >> history
      >> of the Civil War, titled "The Longest Night", recently. In his
      >> section on Sharpsburg and the fight at the Sunken Road, he
      >> says
      >> Rodes's brigade launched a counter attack that ultimately
      >> reached
      >> the area of the Roulette and Clip Farms before being forced
      >> back.
      >>
      >> Is this so? I have always been under the apprehension that
      >> some
      >> 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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      >
      >
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