This is just the kind of thing I needed. It clears up the apparent conflict nicely. Thanks
also for popping this one to the surface Mr Croker.
From: "Teej Smith" <teej@...
Date sent: Mon, 20 Jun 2005 18:09:29 -0400
Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: Armistead was] Re: West Point @ Antietam
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> In his monograph titled "Trust in God and Fear Nothing" : Gen. Lewis A.
> Armistead, CSA, Wayne Motts wrote, "Emboldened by his success at Second
> Manassas, Lee launched an offensive into Maryland that culminated in the
> Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam to northerners), but here again, Armistead
> saw limited action. In early September, while serving in the Confederate
> division commanded by Major General Richard H. Anderson, Armistead was
> appointed Provost Marshal of the Army of Northern Virginia. He served on
> this assignment until September 26, 1862., and from all accounts, his
> brigade remained with him as his guard for the task. Brought in at
> Sharpsburg, his brigade arrived on the field on the morning of September 17,
> but instead of joining their division near the sunken road were held back in
> support of McLaw's Division near the Dunker Church. Here the troops of the
> Union Second Army Corps had been beaten off, and Armistead's men were needed
> to shore up the Confederate defenses in the area. Uncomfortable at being
> held in reserve, Armistead stood in front of the brigade anxiously awaiting
> the call for battle. Incredibly, a stray cannon ball rolled over the hill
> and struck him on the foot, thereby putting him out of action. Although not
> seriously injured he was compelled to relinquish his command to Colonel
> James G. Hodges and leave the field."...."During the Maryland campaign
> Armistead's five regiments reported only thirty-five casualties."