question re September 16th artillery duel between CS and US artillery
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
Thanks for your immediate help!
Yr. Obt. Svt.
G E "Gerry" Mayers
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