I think what Gerry is talking about is the road now known as Mondell road and then Taylor's Landing Road which led to the aforementioned site on the Potomac. From there a road led along the banks for some distance and roads branching off that led back to the Pike and others to the Boonsboro - Williamsport road. It shows on local maps and the names are not mentioned, thus I am using modern names. It was Harsh's opinion that the "Cox Farm expedition" was an attempt to see if that road was usable to evacuate the army northward toward Hagerstown.
Dr. Thomas G. Clemens
Professor of History
Hagerstown Community College
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I should have looked at Carman more closely; he says about the Antietam battlefield "The turnpike, country roads, and farm lanes gave ready access to all parts of the field upon which, save along the banks of the Antietam itself, there were no obstacles to the movement of troops and but few to the passage of artillery." Later he mentions "farm lanes" in several places. He often names the lanes for the farms to which they lead likely echoing usage at the time. In another place Carman mentions a "stock lane" which implies only a cattle path rather than a "regular" farm lane.
Lanes were important as they usually had some type of fencing on either side (as did pikes and other roads) as they traversed various farmers' fields so provided some cover as well as barriers for troop movements. Looks like determining which lanes couriers/cavalry used will be interesting lacking primary sources.
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "eighth_conn_inf" <eighth_conn_inf@...> wrote:
> Looking at the CC maps closely, the spaces between the various types of fences around fields frequently have a regular dotted line shown. The map legend doesn't list this symbol so I wonder if it indicates a farm path. This makes sense as farmers must get their teams to fields to plow and wagons to harvest crops. So if many/most of these are wide enough to let a wagon pass, they are also passable to couriers, etc.?
> Following the Smoketown Rd from the Dunkard Church towards Smoketown shows that this dotted line splits as it enters the East Woods and connects the parts of the road. I don't recall reading comments about this link--anyone have any cites referencing this connection or helpful statements about farm lanes? Any thoughts? Or am I just coming late to this realization about lanes = regular dotted lines?
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