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Re: [TalkAntietam] corn

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  • TR Livesey
    Bill, Thanks - I think that is exactly what I was looking for. I would agree that I can t see corn offering protection; then again, I am only interested in
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      Bill,

      Thanks - I think that is exactly what
      I was looking for.

      I would agree that I can't see corn
      offering protection; then again,
      I am only interested in concealment.

      Based on your comments - and other
      opinions offered - I will continue
      to assume that corn pretty much
      blocks line of sight. A little
      off topic, but of interest to
      me.

      TRL

      Bill & Glenna Jo Christen wrote:
      >
      > TR Livesey wrote:
      >
      > > I am still curious about the potential concealment a 19th century
      > > Sharpsburg area cornfield might offer. Any idea about how far one
      > > could see into such a cornfield?
      >
      > TR,
      >
      > >From what I understand mature corn could range from five to eight feet tall in the
      > mid-1860s...depending on variety, growing conditions, etc. Not all farmers planted
      > in the evenly spaced mounds. I would suspect the flags and riffle with bayonets
      > could be seen most of the time. If we were giving this a wargaming factor I would
      > at a "shift" for partial concealment, but no modifier for protection. We did some
      > filming in a tall crop of mounded corn in Michigan. It did obscure the soldiers
      > from view once they were six feet into the corn.
      >
      > This sounds like a useful experimental anthropology problem for which enactors
      > would be useful.
      >
      > Bill
      >
      > >
      > > >
      > > > oliverg25@... wrote:
      > > >
      > > > > Not So!
      > > > > Once the corn is planted a horse never goes into the field.
      > > >
      > > > While researching the type of corn planting in the fields around Sharpsburg
      > > > for the Antietam documentary it was determined that the area farmers used the
      > > > "mounds spaced evenly apart" technique. That is, the "row's" were evenly
      > > > spaced in all directions. This is thinner than today's typical row planting
      > > > or what some farmer in pennsylvania may have done. The points made about the
      > > > devastation due to the firing bear more weight on the amount of cover.
      > > >
      > > > Bill Christen
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
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