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

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  • 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 1 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 2 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 3 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 4 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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