655Re: [TalkAntietam] Carman
- Apr 15, 2002Tom writes:
<snip>> Beyond a slight depression in the ridge, which was held
by the 29th
> Massachusetts...were drawn up the 63rd and 88th New York. The63rd was on the
> right and received several deadly volleys without replying, bywhich it was
> greatly thinned. The charge it was ordered to make by Meagherfailed, owing
> to its heavy losses the first few minutes. The men began firingwith round
> ball and buckshot, the brigade being armed with smooth bores,and an officer
> states that "it was give and take until ammunition ran out."<I will comment further at a later time on the entire post but I
wanted to mention something I just learned this weekend about
smoothbore buck and ball loads and how the load acted when
discharged from the M1842 Springfield.
The new Second Sergeant of my reeenacting company recently had
the opportunity to live fire his M1842 reproduction at a target
range in a controlled situation. He found the main ball, the .69
calibre one, went straight and took out the heart area of the
Union dummy target. The buckshot portion of the buck and ball
load, fanned out and hit the dummy targets to the left and right
of the target where the .69 calibre round had hit.
As to the position of the IB at the Sunken Road, I think you and
I might have to walk the ground and try to plot the positions as
you indicated in the entire post.
It would be interesting to see what documentary evidence the
rangers can put together to refute the Bilby/O'Neil viewpoint.
Your humble servant,
Co. B, "Tom Green Rifles",
Fourth Regiment, Texas Volunteer Infantry
A Proud American by Birth, Southern by Choice!
"I know of no fitter resting-place for a soldier than the field
on which he has nobly laid down his life." --General Robert
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