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5767Re: [TalkAntietam] re Murfin and description of Sunken Road fight

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  • G E Mayers
    Jun 23, 2009
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      Dear Michael,

      Thank you for that post; it was very helpful.

      Was not Coppens mortally wounded or killed at the Sunken Road?

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

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      From: <mchardy@...>
      To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 9:23 AM
      Subject: [TalkAntietam] re Murfin and description of Sunken Road
      fight


      Larry and Gerry – there was a second Confederate line for a brief
      amount of time behind the Sunken Road. This line was composed of
      Pryor’s brigade, under the command Col. John C. Hately of the 5th
      Florida. The brigade advanced past the Piper orchard and the
      Federals, not being able to hit much in the lane, turned their
      fire (infantry and artillery) upon them. At least one point the
      brigade stopped in the cornfield, probably leading some to write
      of a second line. Some members of Pryor’s brigade stopped behind
      the sunken road, some jumped into the road and intermingled with
      the Confederate troops there, and some pushed ahead past the
      road, only to be beaten back. Featherston’s brigade came in next.
      Soon thereafter, the Confederate line collapsed. The loses of one
      of Pryor’s regiments, the 8th Florida, is estimated at
      fifty-seven percent.

      Your “Colonel Coppens” is Lt. Col. Georges Augustus Gaston de
      Coppens, who just that morning had turned over the command of his
      battalion of Louisiana Zouaves to command the Floridians.

      Regards,
      Michael C. Hardy
      www.michaelchardy.com

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