Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: re Infantry support for Captain Millers battery in Piper Orchard
Good points and assessments. As Carman says so succinctly, as
long as the line in the road holds, it is a good defensive point.
But, once the reinforcements start arriving and intermingling
with the North Carolinians, and then foolishly counter attacking
out of the lane, that is when C & C starts to break down. It also
does not help that Anderson's brigade loses its command
structure, starting from the top, during the fight. At the moment
when Anderson could have been most helpful in directing where the
reinforcing troops should go etc. he is out of action.
Yr. Obt. Svt.
G E "Gerry" Mayers
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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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From: "joseph_pierro" <joseph_pierro@...>
Sent: Thursday, January 14, 2010 3:48 PM
Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: re Infantry support for Captain
Millers battery in Piper Orchard
It's worse than chaotic. Even talking in terms of unit types, in
regard to the Confederates, can be a misnomer at Antietam. You
have some brigades that started the day at regimental strength,
and certain regiments that went in as oversized companies. So
right off the bat, discussing particular CS "regiments" being
opposed to Union ones, for example, suggests a parity -- and an
organizational hierarchy -- that probably never existed on the
field (and if it did, it disappeared quickly).
Once the Confederates in the sunken road start taking casualties,
and then their line is broken, I question the extent to which
there was any Southern unit cohesion (at least among the
infantry) on that part of the field after a certain point.
Moltke the Elder's comment about the American Civil War being
nothing more than armed mobs chasing one another is likely
apocryphal, but if there was ever a moment in the war when it
came close to the truth, it would be as a description of that
counter-attack in the center by whatever was left of Hill's and