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6942Re: [TalkAntietam] Was Roulette's family at the farm during battle?

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  • RoteBaron@comcast.net
    Nov 1 11:44 AM
      I agree that they went to the Manor Church.

      I'm just  puzzled by so many accounts (including Kathleen Enrst) that say otherwise. I know I've seen such statements in  books I own.

      Online accounts are also numerous, such as A rchives of Maryland  (below )....

      William Roulette, his wife Margaret, and their 5 children, heard the shots, explosions, and screams for what must have seemed like an eternity during that warm September day.  At one point, Confederate soldiers chased by the 14th Connecticut unit,  entered into the Roulette home and joined the family in the cellar to escape the fighting, if only for a moment.  They must have left soon after because witnesses account William Roulette at one time coming out of his cellar as he cheered on the Union saying "Give it to 'em! Drive 'em! Take anything on my place, only drive 'em!"

      Above is from http://www.msa.md.gov/megafile/msa/speccol/sc5400/sc5496/017400/017495/html/017495bio.html

      Tom Shay

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      According to my research I did, the family moved north to the Manor Dunker Church (about 6 miles away) prior to the battle. Mr. Roulette returned to the farm and was indeed present during the battle, leaving after the 2nd Corps moved south past his house. I wrote an article about this in America’s Civil War a couple years ago. I found no sources indicating the rest of the family was at the farm on the 17th.


      From: RoteBaron@...
      Sent: Thursday, November 01, 2012 1:42 PM
      To: TalkAntietam
      Subject: [TalkAntietam] Was Roulette's family at the farm during battle?

      I recently finished an exhausting series of trips to Antietam, with most recent being full day guiding a bus of 58 people around the battlefield. Great fun! Now I've got some questions to pose.

      I know Wiliam Roulette stayed at his farm during the battle. It was my understanding that hi s wife Margaret and their children headed north and were not present on Sept 17. Yet, during her talk at Antietam on anniversary weekend, K athleen Ernst mentioned that the family was there.

      Anyone have the definitive answer?

      Tom Shay

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