The Bloodiest Day: The Battle of Antietam (Civil War)

The Bloodiest Day: The Battle of Antietam (Civil War)

Ronald H. Bailey

Language: English

Pages: 176

ISBN: 0809447401

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Beautifully bound and illustrated volume on the Civil War featuring The Bloodiest Day, the Battle of Antietam.

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Maryland and Rhode Island recruits was the green 126th New York, a regiment that had been raised only three weeks previously. In addition, the Federals' seven artillery pieces, in- cluding two powerful 10-inch Dahlgrens, were sited to cover the southern and western approaches to Harpers Ferry and hence were useless against an attack from the north. Nor were the defenders fortunate in their com- mander, Colonel Thomas H. Ford of the 32nd Ohio. Ford had been a successful Ohio politician, but

yards. At the fence j STUBBLE PLOWED on the northern edge of the Cornfield, one of Meade's brigades had regrouped and lay waiting on the ground, their rifle barrels resting on the lower fence rails. The Federals held fire until they if could see the legs of the Texans beneath the pall of smoke. When I* ") Texans were 30 yards away, the Federals opened up. At the same time, the Texans were caught in the flank by Federals firing from across the pike. The cross fire staggered Hood's men.

little more than a half mile short of Sharpsburg. But no farther. Richardson's division than 1,000 men. myself." faced his regiment to the place along the high The had lost more gallant Colonel Bar- low had gone down, severely wounded by a piece of canister. 105 Death in a Countiy Lane Major General D. H. COLONEL JOHN B. GORDON BRIGADIER GENERAL ROBERT E. RODES who led up a rifle troops. Hill (center), the last, desperate Confeder- ate defense of the Sunken Road, took

off to execute the plan he and Burnside had earlier by assaulting the bridge and by fording the a half mile downstream. Briga- dier General Isaac Rhode Island — hill Rodman — crest, the Confederates opened right was quickly pinned down, but two companies on the left reached the road alongside the creek and inched toward the bridge. On his own initiative, Griswold led his Captain John D. men down The water was about four a 40-year-old Quaker whose middle name took his

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