Re: Swift and Carmen at Antietam
In your research, have you ever run into any mention more than
passing of Middletown by members of the 17th Michigan in the diaries
you have found?
I am looking for any and all first person references to Middletown.
Unfortunately, 80% of what I have found are "we marched through
middletown", "we camped near middletown", "the entire regiment
sprouted purple wings and flew over middletown", but only a small
percentage made any observations of the town itself, related stoies
of interaction with locals, etc. I have found enough first person
mentions that by the time I weed out the 80% that are worthless to my
story, I am starting to cobble together a decent inventory of stories
for my project....but its a slog to find them.
Any help would be appreciated.
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "Bill and Glenna Jo Christen"
>Carman. I do know that when Swift spoke to the Seventeenth veterans
> I do not know if Swift ever visited Antietam and spoke directly to
at their 1890 reunion, a group of them had recently returned from
South Mountain with a piece or two of the stonewall at Fox's Gap (now
in a Jackson, Michigan museum) and with a decision to place a marker
there. It did not happen until a group of us did it for them in the
>diary and letter accounts. As soon as I finish this period (June-
> The march from Frederick to Fox's Gap was a "hard" based on a few
November 1862, I will have to go back to the Michigan State Archives
and check the reports. I also belive there are a few in the national
Archives. The ultimate "regimental" return would be to check the
military records of each soldier in the regiment. I only have two
dozen so far.
>is interesting to note the distribution--some companies were hit
> Just last night I was going over the casualties by company and it
hard. I wonder if their position on the field could be correlated to
casualties. It depends on the order of march and seniority of the
company commanders, which may not have been noted--you cannot go by
the company letter..
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