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Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: Officer on Burnside's Bridge in paintings?

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    Scott, Was it Potter or Hartranft who was so hoarse (from his yelling, cussing and screaming) when his men finally started streaming over the bridge that he
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      Scott,

      Was it Potter or Hartranft who was so hoarse (from his yelling,
      cussing and screaming) when his men finally started streaming
      over the bridge that he could only exhort them on in an almost
      whisper?

      Your humble servant,
      Gerry Mayers
      Pvt., CS Signals,
      Longstreet's Corps

      A Proud American by Birth, Southern by Choice!

      "I know of no fitter resting-place for a soldier than the field
      on which he has nobly laid down his life." --General Robert
      Edward Lee

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "scottmingus" <scottmingus@...>
      To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2002 8:24 PM
      Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: Officer on Burnside's Bridge in
      paintings?


      > This officer is Col. Potter of the 51st PA. I finally found an
      > account of this in the regimental memoirs. Potter was cursing
      ans
      > swearing up a storm trying to exhort his regiment onward. He
      finally
      > leaped up on the parapet and waved his sword with great vigor,
      still
      > cursing a blue streak.
      >
      > regards!
      >
      >
      > Scott
      >
      > --- In TalkAntietam@y..., "scottmingus" <scottmingus@y...>
      wrote:
      > > On Don Stivers' painting of Burnside's Bridge, as well as on
      other
      > > depictions of the action, there is a Union officer shown
      standing
      > on
      > > the side wall rail of the bridge, waving his sword and
      exhorting
      > the
      > > men. Is this supposed to be the colonel of the 51st John
      Hartranft
      > or
      > > some junior officer? Are there contemporary accounts of this
      > officer?
      > >
      > > Scott
      >
      >
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