Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: Little Known Places at Antietam
- Here are a few suggestions I would add...
The southeast corner of Otto's 40 acre cornfield. Nifty place if you know where to cut
through the brambles. You can see where the 4th RI made its 'stand'.
The extreme right flank of the Federal line, near the Nicodemus house. We've all
been there, but if you are not whizzing by at 50 m.p.h on the bypass, there is
some very interesting terrain, particularly where a gully opens up to
the east, used by Gibbon's (and others troops) to move east/west.
The Reel farm. There is the well known photograph of the burned out Reel
farm, but few actually visit the spot.
The bluffs on the south side of the Boonsboro turnpike, looking down on
the Newcomer farm, where Pleasonton's calvary fanned out. The area is
readily accessible, but rarely visited.
The Sharpsburg ridge. Such a big feature, it is hard to recognize up close,
but if you trace it from the Middlekauf farm southward to the visitor's center,
and then westward where it runs off the battlefield, you can see how the battle
pivoted along the crest line.
The west slope of the Porterstown ridge, between the lower and middle bridges,
alone the line of Federal Artillery. Great view looking westward over the
The peak of the hill where the Antietam bends, held by the 50th GA (not the
Georgian overlook). Very wooded today, was wooded then too.
All locations described above are in the park, and no trespassing is required.
Those are good questions. However, the camps of all the troops of
the Ninth Corps might have been on the ridges back beyond the
Lower Bridge on the farm now presently used by groups as a group
campsite and certainly spread out in that general area. This is
my opinion but have nothing solid on this.
As to Jackson's HQ the morning of the battle, everything I have
read seems to indicate a very flexible "HQ" centered around the
West Woods area.
As to Holmes, I wonder if the monument to the Philadelphia
Brigade accurately positions the middle of the brigade's lines at
the time of their halt in the West Woods. To accurately pinpoint
Holmes's location in the battle line might require a knowledge of
where both his regiment and his company were situated. Wonder if
Holmes himself ever left any writings about where he was at the
time he was shot in the neck?
Your humble servant,
Co. B, "Tom Green Rifles",
Fourth Regiment, Texas Volunteer Infantry
A Proud American by Birth, Southern by Choice!
"I know of no fitter resting-place for a soldier than the field
on which he has nobly laid down his life." --General Robert
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill or Glenna Jo Christen" <gwjchris@...>
Sent: Saturday, January 19, 2002 11:39 AM
Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: Little Known Places at Antietam
> The camps of the Ninth Corps troops on the night before the
battle. In fact, I would like to see a good map of all troop
> positions on the 16th and on the night before the battle.
> Where was Jackson's HQ at the start of the battle?
> Where in the West Woods was Oliver W. Holmes, Jr. standing when
he was wounded? and where was he eventually found?
> Bill Christen
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