Re: Col Davis near Sharpsburg
This is fantastic stuff--thank you. I was not aware that the Jeff Davis Legion and Hart's
battery detached en route from the Brownsville Pass to Knoxville. I had assumed that
Stuart kept Hampton's force intact near Knoxville to better resist the anticipated approach
of Franklin's Sixth Corps along the Potomac. Thanks to you and others in the forum, I'm
beginning to get a clearer picture of the confusing Confederate movements that took
place on the night of the 14th.
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, Joseph Pierro <joseph_pierro@...> wrote:
> I don't have a copy of Murfin to-hand, so I can't swear as to his source, but it sounds to
me as if he's referencing a particular passage from Carman's manuscript. Here's how it
appears in my edition:
> "The escaping Union cavalry narrowly missed another encounterwith a regiment of
Confederate cavalry and a light battery of six guns. When Hampton's Brigade marched
from Burkittsville on the morning of September 14, part of it went along the east base of
South Mountain to Knoxville, on the Potomac, and picketed the roads leading to Berlin and
Frederick. Two regiments crossed Brownsville Gap into Pleasant Valley. One of these, the
Jeff Davis Legion, with Hart's Battery of six guns, was placed at Solomon's Gap in Elk
Ridge. Colonel Martin, commanding the regiment, threw out pickets in the direction of the
Potomac; some of these were encountered and brushed away by the Union cavalry about
10:00 p.m., as it neared the bridge spanning the Antietam near its mouth. This
information was quickly carried to Martin, who was surprised at news of an enemy in that
direction, and, after a hasty conference with some of his officers, the conclusion was
> reached that McClellan's left wing had interposed between Jackson's forces besieging
Harper's Ferry and the Confederates at Turner's Gap, Boonsboro, and Hagerstown."
> Hello, Forum.
> > Murfin's GOB, page 153, describes Benjamin Davis's vanguard of
> escapees, the 12th Illinois,
> > as coming into contact with Confederate pickets near the edge of
> the Sharpsburg village
> > around 10:00 p.m. on the evening of 9/14. Murfin's source is
> William Luff of the 12th Illinois,
> > who claims to have been fired upon by CS artillery at this same
> time, as well.
> > After giving Dr. Harsh's TAF a thorough read, I can find little
> evidence to support CS infantry,
> > cavalry or artillery from the day's mountain gap battles being near
> the edge of Sharpsburg at
> > 10:00 p.m. on 9/14.
> > Could someone please shed some light on this matter?
> > Thanks,
> > Steve
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