5886Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: 124th PA and the Hagerstown Pike fence
- Oct 18, 2009Thanks. See my notes. Comments welcome.
On Saturday, October 17, 2009, at 08:13 PM, gtmcftsotcwgrad wrote:
> I checked the ORs (just on the very off chance that you hadn't...) and
> read through the pertinent reports, but I only found scant references
> to any fences. In Maj. Haldeman's report, the regiment did advance to
> "the fence," but it doesn't give many details:
> On reaching the extreme edge of the wood on the east side of the
> corn-field, our line was formed and stationed in a position behind the
(I think this is a North Woods fence)
> We were then ordered to advance, a portion of our right extending
> across the road and beyond the grain stacks. We were led in line into
> the corn-field about 20 paces, and ordered to halt, as we could not
> distinguish our own troops. It is here our colonel was wounded. We
> were then ordered to fall back to the edge of the corn-field and take
> position behind the fence, which was done in good order.
(I think this is is, but it is unclear)
> We were again ordered to advance, when the right, advancing about 100
> yards, received a raking fire from the enemy in the woods, which was
> responded to by repeated volleys from our men, but the fire from our
> left and the battery of the enemy on the right compelled us to again
> fall back to the stacks. A battery now planted on the hill between the
> wood and the corn-field and opposite the stacks, this portion of our
> right was ordered to its support. The balance of the regiment followed
> up the advance through the corn-field, making many successful charges
> upon the enemy, until they were also ordered back to the support of
> the battery.
> Maj. I.J. Haldeman
> O.R.s Vol. XIX, Part I, page 491.
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