Sunday, March 5, 2017

ANTIETAM: Joseph Poffenberger farm, where Union army slept


BATTLEFIELD BACKSTORY: Thousands of Union soldiers slept uneasily in the fields on Joseph Poffenberger's farm on Sept. 16, 1862, the night before the Battle of Antietam. At dawn the next day, as fog lingered over what soon would be the most contested place in North America, the First Corps marched from Poffenberger's property and the nearby North Woods and into battle in the 32-acre cornfield of David R. Miller. As they emerged from the strip of woods, they were blasted by Rebel batteries across the Hagerstown Pike, on Nicodemus Heights.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

GAINES' MILL, VA.: Behind guns of Union army, routed here June 27, 1862


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BENTONVILLE, N.C.: Where Union XX Corps whipped Rebels, March 19, 1865


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MANASSAS, VA.: Rebels on Henry Hill at First Bull Run, July 21, 1861


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BENTONVILLE, N.C.: Harper property, site of makeshift Federal hospital


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ANTIETAM: David R. Miller cornfield, where fighting raged Sept. 17, 1862


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SOUTH MOUNTAIN: Fox's Gap, where Union General Jesse Reno fell


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ANTIETAM: Where James Longstreet helped man the guns


BATTLEFIELD BACKSTORY: After the Confederates were finally forced from the Sunken Road at Antietam on Sept. 17, 1862, a wave of Yankees threatened the Rebels' thinly held center on Henry Piper's farm. A battery of Miller's artillery had been positioned near the Sunken Road at about 10:30 a.m. to support the infantry in the lane. Later, one of the battery's caissons was hit by a Union artillery shell, and Confederate artillerymen were killed or injured, leaving the gun crews short during a critical juncture in the battle for the Rebels. Among the soldiers to come to the rescue was General James Longstreet himself, wearing carpet slippers instead of boots because of a sore heel. He held the bridles of horses of some of his staff, who went into action as artillerymen in Piper's apple orchard.
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ANTIETAM: William Roulette farm field near infamous Sunken Road


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ANTIETAM: Widow Susan Hoffman farm, site of Federal hospital


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SHEPHERDSTOWN, VA.: Where Yankees were routed on Sept. 20, 1862


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KERNSTOWN, VA.: Samuel Pritchard house, silent witness to two battles


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