5767Re: [TalkAntietam] re Murfin and description of Sunken Road fight
- Jun 23, 2009Dear 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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Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 9:23 AM
Subject: [TalkAntietam] re Murfin and description of Sunken Road
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
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.
Michael C. Hardy
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