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Re: [TalkAntietam] Antietam Trip Report (May 1)

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  • G E Mayers
    Tom, Nice report. Next time you and I can be together at Antietam, I would like very much to see that vantage point in the cemetery. Very respectfully, G E
    Message 1 of 6 , May 3, 2005
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      Tom,

      Nice report. Next time you and I can be together at Antietam, I would like
      very much to see that vantage point in the cemetery.

      Very respectfully,
      G E "Gerry" Mayers
      Confederate Signal Corps,
      Longstreet's Corps



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      > Gerry Mayers wrote: That ground is also a very key piece of terrain; many
      > Confederates died defending it from Yankee control after the center was
      > pierced at the Sunken Road.
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      > Gerry,
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      > Here is some stuff I recall from our stop at Piper Farm:
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      > Replanting of the orchard continues to be expanded. However, the far west
      > end will not be replanted, as much of that ground is rocky and soil is 18
      > inches lower than had been.
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      > No firm idea of exactly what fruits were grown in the orchard.
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      > In 1862, the orchard trees were apparently fairly large. Accounts of
      > Rebels climbing into them (for use as sharpshooting positions) seem to
      > endorse this.
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      > Piper House itself appears nothing like the original building used as
      > Longstreet's HQ.
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      > Story was recounted of how Piper daughters were avidly pro-Union. They
      > offered DH Hill and Longsreet some wine. Longstreet declined out of
      > caution of poisoning, while Hill accepted. After Hill showed no ill
      > effects, Ol' Pete accepted the offer. (I'm sure you've heard that one).
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      > We also stopped north of the cemetery at possible site of Hill's horse
      > getting torn open by Union shell. This position obviously offered Lee an
      > excellent view of events to his north. From there we could see tips of
      > North Woods trees, West Woods, farm silos near Hooker (Upper) Bridge, town
      > of Sharpsburg, Red Hill, and Sunken Road.
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      > Tom Shay
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