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6096Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: re Infantry support for Captain Millers battery in Piper Orchard

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  • G E Mayers
    Jan 14, 2010

      Good points and assessments. As Carman says so succinctly, as
      long as the line in the road holds, it is a good defensive point.
      But, once the reinforcements start arriving and intermingling
      with the North Carolinians, and then foolishly counter attacking
      out of the lane, that is when C & C starts to break down. It also
      does not help that Anderson's brigade loses its command
      structure, starting from the top, during the fight. At the moment
      when Anderson could have been most helpful in directing where the
      reinforcing troops should go etc. he is out of action.

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

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      on one's mother's side, is an introduction to any state in the
      Union, a passport to any foreign country, and a benediction from
      the Almighty God. --Anonymous
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      From: "joseph_pierro" <joseph_pierro@...>
      To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, January 14, 2010 3:48 PM
      Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: re Infantry support for Captain
      Millers battery in Piper Orchard

      It's worse than chaotic. Even talking in terms of unit types, in
      regard to the Confederates, can be a misnomer at Antietam. You
      have some brigades that started the day at regimental strength,
      and certain regiments that went in as oversized companies. So
      right off the bat, discussing particular CS "regiments" being
      opposed to Union ones, for example, suggests a parity -- and an
      organizational hierarchy -- that probably never existed on the
      field (and if it did, it disappeared quickly).

      Once the Confederates in the sunken road start taking casualties,
      and then their line is broken, I question the extent to which
      there was any Southern unit cohesion (at least among the
      infantry) on that part of the field after a certain point.

      Moltke the Elder's comment about the American Civil War being
      nothing more than armed mobs chasing one another is likely
      apocryphal, but if there was ever a moment in the war when it
      came close to the truth, it would be as a description of that
      counter-attack in the center by whatever was left of Hill's and
      Anderson's Divisions.
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