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RE: [TalkAntietam] re Murfin and description of Sunken Road fight

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  • bdowney@aotw.org
    One more perspective on this: Col. Coppen [sic] was killed almost immediately after getting fire, in the cornfield below the stone barn near bloody lane!
    Message 1 of 18 , Jul 19, 2009
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      One more perspective on this:

      "Col. Coppen [sic] was killed almost immediately after getting fire, in
      the cornfield below the stone barn near bloody lane! Capt. Richard A.
      Waller then assumed command [of 8th Florida Inf] as senior Capt. and was
      also killed with the colors of the regiment draped over his shoulders,
      almost immediately afterward, the flagstaff having been shot in two, &
      the color bearer and color guard beig [sic] all either killed or
      wounded"...
      - postwar letter of former Capt (later Colonel) David Lang, 8th
      Florida, to E. A. Carman, Antietam Battlefield Commission. Transcribed
      by Mr. Studnicki at Civil War Florida
      (http://www.civilwarflorida.com/site/sources/letters/show_letter.php?letterREF=2).


      > -------- Original Message --------
      > Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] re Murfin and description of Sunken Road
      > fight
      > From: "G E Mayers" <gerry1952@...>
      > Date: Sun, July 19, 2009 8:08 pm
      > To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      >
      >
      > Thanks!
      >
      > 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
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: "Michael Peters" <colliszouave@...>
      > To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Saturday, July 18, 2009 12:20 AM
      > Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] re Murfin and description of Sunken
      > Road fight
      >
      >
      > Gerry,
      >
      > Believe that Coppens was killed along the Hagerstown Pike.
      >
      > Mike Peters
      >
      > --- On Tue, 6/23/09, G E Mayers <gerry1952@...> wrote:
      >
      >
      > From: G E Mayers <gerry1952@...>
      > Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] re Murfin and description of Sunken
      > Road fight
      > To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
      > Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 9:55 AM
      >
      >
      > Dear Michael,
      >
      > Thank you for that post; it was very helpful.
      >
      > Was not Coppens mortally wounded or killed at the Sunken Road?
      >
      > Yr. Obt. Svt.
      > G E "Gerry" Mayers
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    • G E Mayers
      Brian, So Coppens unit or brigade was part of the overall Sunken Road fight? Yr. Obt. Svt. G E Gerry Mayers To Be A Virginian, either by birth, marriage,
      Message 2 of 18 , Jul 19, 2009
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        Brian,

        So Coppens' unit or brigade was part of the overall Sunken Road
        fight?

        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
        ----- Original Message -----
        From: <bdowney@...>
        To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Sunday, July 19, 2009 8:41 PM
        Subject: RE: [TalkAntietam] re Murfin and description of Sunken
        Road fight



        One more perspective on this:

        "Col. Coppen [sic] was killed almost immediately after getting
        fire, in
        the cornfield below the stone barn near bloody lane! Capt.
        Richard A.
        Waller then assumed command [of 8th Florida Inf] as senior Capt.
        and was
        also killed with the colors of the regiment draped over his
        shoulders,
        almost immediately afterward, the flagstaff having been shot in
        two, &
        the color bearer and color guard beig [sic] all either killed or
        wounded"...
        - postwar letter of former Capt (later Colonel) David Lang, 8th
        Florida, to E. A. Carman, Antietam Battlefield Commission.
        Transcribed
        by Mr. Studnicki at Civil War Florida
        (http://www.civilwarflorida.com/site/sources/letters/show_letter.php?letterREF=2).


        > -------- Original Message --------
        > Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] re Murfin and description of Sunken
        > Road
        > fight
        > From: "G E Mayers" <gerry1952@...>
        > Date: Sun, July 19, 2009 8:08 pm
        > To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
        >
        >
        > Thanks!
        >
        > 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
        > ----- Original Message -----
        > From: "Michael Peters" <colliszouave@...>
        > To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
        > Sent: Saturday, July 18, 2009 12:20 AM
        > Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] re Murfin and description of Sunken
        > Road fight
        >
        >
        > Gerry,
        >
        > Believe that Coppens was killed along the Hagerstown Pike.
        >
        > Mike Peters
        >
        > --- On Tue, 6/23/09, G E Mayers <gerry1952@...> wrote:
        >
        >
        > From: G E Mayers <gerry1952@...>
        > Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] re Murfin and description of Sunken
        > Road fight
        > To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
        > Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 9:55 AM
        >
        >
        > Dear Michael,
        >
        > Thank you for that post; it was very helpful.
        >
        > Was not Coppens mortally wounded or killed at the Sunken Road?
        >
        > Yr. Obt. Svt.
        > G E "Gerry" Mayers
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      • Brian Downey
        Yes. Georges Augustus Gaston De Coppens was in command of the 8th Florida, in Pryor s Brigade of Anderson s Division. He had been appointed to that Regiment
        Message 3 of 18 , Jul 19, 2009
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          Yes. Georges Augustus Gaston De Coppens was in command of the 8th Florida, in Pryor's Brigade of Anderson's Division. He had been appointed to that Regiment from his own - the 1st Louisiana (Zouaves) Infantry Battalion - by Genl Pryor immediately before the battle due to a lack of field officers present with the 8th FL.

          The 8th FL advanced through Piper's orchard and cornfield toward the Sunken Road. Coppens looks to have been killed on that route.

          His Louisiana Zouaves were under command of his brother Marie Alfred Coppens at Sharpsburg. They fought in Starke's Brigade along the Hagerstown Pike at the Miller Cornfield that morning.

          --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "G E Mayers" <gerry1952@...> wrote:
          >
          > Brian,
          >
          > So Coppens' unit or brigade was part of the overall Sunken Road
          > fight?
          >
          > Yr. Obt. Svt.
          > G E "Gerry" Mayers
          >
        • G E Mayers
          Larry; What do the maps in the Armstrong s book about the Second Corps show for earlier in the Sunken Road action? Especially positions of the regiments in G B
          Message 4 of 18 , Oct 3, 2009
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            Larry;

            What do the maps in the Armstrong's book about the Second Corps
            show for earlier in the Sunken Road action? Especially positions
            of the regiments in G B Anderson's brigade?

            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
          • Thomas Clemens
            G.B. Anderson s brigade was astride the Boonsboro Pike in the low ground between the ridge facing the bridge and Cemetery hill. He had skirmishers out on the
            Message 5 of 18 , Oct 4, 2009
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              G.B. Anderson's brigade was astride the Boonsboro Pike in the low ground between the ridge facing the bridge and Cemetery hill. He had skirmishers out on the crest of the ridge watching Middle Bridge. They moved to their left a bit to use the ravine for shelter from artillery, but didn't join Rodes' brigade in the lane until shortly before French's atack.


              Thomas G. Clemens D.A.
              Professor of History
              Hagerstown Community College


              >>> "G E Mayers" <gerry1952@...> 10/03/09 9:25 PM >>>
              Larry;

              What do the maps in the Armstrong's book about the Second Corps
              show for earlier in the Sunken Road action? Especially positions
              of the regiments in G B Anderson's brigade?

              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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