6910Re: [TalkAntietam] How AP Hill knew of Miller's Sawmill Road?
- Sep 27, 2012Tom,
I was just discussing this today with Stephen. The Confederate troops had
quite a few locals with them from the Virginia regiments. I would assume
people like Henry Kyd Douglas would have mentioned the ford and road to
Jackson. They didn't cross at the Antietam ford due to it possibly being
guarded. The main force crossed at Blackford's Ford but there evidence of
some of the Confederates crossing at the Miller's Sawmill Ford which is
just upstream from the road. At one time there was a lot of stuff found
along the banks (Virginia side) along that particular route. It would make
sense that they would cross there due to Blackford's Ford being
approximately 1 mile upstream and 1 mile back downstream. If you think
about it, this would take a considerable amount of time to travel to the
After the battle there were Confederate units watching the Miller's Sawmill
ford as well as the Antietam Ford. The Antietam ford is just downstream
from the mouth of the Antietam and runs at an angle following the current
towards the bottom of Knott's Island. There were some artillery shells
fired at the Confederate Cavalry overlooking the Antietam ford. As of yet I
haven't found where that spot was.
On Sun, Sep 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM, RoteBaron <RoteBaron@...> wrote:
> Are there are accounts regarding how AP Hill became aware of Miller�s
> Sawmill Road being the most advantageous route from the ford?
> He certainly didn�t send his men on that route without prior knowledge as
> to where it led.
> Tom Shay
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