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question re September 16th artillery duel between CS and US artillery

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  • G E Mayers
    Gang, Harsh says in TATF that Colonel Walton, on his own authority, ordered the longest range Confederate artillery to open fire on Federals across the
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      Gang,

      Harsh says in TATF that Colonel Walton, on his own authority,
      ordered the longest range Confederate artillery to open fire on
      Federals across the Antietam Creek, at about 11 am on September
      16. The resulting artillery duel, which D H Hill termed "a farce"
      and was admittedly lopsided in favour of the Federal artillery,
      lasted for about 40 minutes before Walton received orders,
      apparently from Lee and Longstreet, to cease firing. Once the
      Confederate guns fell silent, the long range Federal artillery
      shifted towards concentrating more on the village of Sharpsburg,
      even hitting the Jacob Grove house in town, causing a hasty
      evacuation by von Borcke and much mayhem in the streets.

      My question is, does anyone know if there were any Confederate
      casualties, artillery or infantry or both, from this unequal
      artillery duel?

      Thanks for your immediate help!

      Yr. Obt. Svt.
      G E "Gerry" Mayers

      To Be A Virginian, either by birth, marriage, adoption, or even
      on one's mother's side, is an introduction to any state in the
      Union, a passport to any foreign country, and a benediction from
      the Almighty God. --Anonymous
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