Quote of the Day April 19 2012

Tidball's Battery


“rode along the line and gave orders to the commanders of batteries to fire slowly and deliberately; stating that the rapid firing did little execution and was a waste of ammunition….a small grizzly man with an effeminate voice….an experienced and able artillerist…”  Charles Cuffell of Durell’s Battery recalls Henry Hunt at the Battle of Antietam.  From Artillery Hell The Employment of Artillery at Antietam by Curt Johnson and Richard Anderson. College Station:  Texas A&M University Press, 1995 page 7.  Originally from Durell’s Battery in the Civil War by Charles A. Cuffel. Philadelphia:  Craig, Finley & Co., Inc 1900, page 78.



Henry Hunt

By the way and speaking of artillery, check out my post at South From the North Woods on the big move of artillery at Antietam which has resulted in 16 new or updated artillery positions at the park.  Henry Hunt would be happy.


Quote of the Day Easter Sunday April 8, 2012

“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live”  John 11:25



Quote of the Day April 6, 2012

“Death has been powerfully busy within the past month.”   Ham Chamberlayne a Confederate artilleryman bemoans the heavy casualties in the summer and fall of 1862.  From A Glorious Army by Jeffry D. Wert. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011 page 147. Originally from Ham Chamberlayne-Virginian: Letters and Papers of an Artillery Officer in the War for Southern Independence 1861-1865. C.G. Chamberlayne, editor. Richmond, VA: Dietz, 1932. page 112.

Quote of the Day March 17, 2012

The John Otto Farm

“He was a Rebel soldier-a young feller-and not very large.  I was skeered, but he was mo’ skeered than I was-certainly he was; and I said, ‘you dirty houn’ you, I have a notion to take you and throw you down those steps…He didn’t say anything.  He left.  I rekon I was too big for him.”  Hilary Watson a slave on John Otto’s farm recounts his return to the house to find a Confederate looter. From Guide to the Antietam Farmsteads by Kevin A. Walker. Sharpsburg: WMIA, 2010, page 103.

Quote of the Day March 15, 2012

The view that Miller's Battery had in the Piper Orchard looking north into the Sunken Road

“that little battery [Miller’s 3d Co Washington Artillery] shot harder and faster, as though it realized that it was to hold thousands of Federals at bay or the battle was lost.” James Longstreet describing the battery in the Piper Orchard that his staff temporarily manned.  Found in Until Antietam The Life and Letters of Major General Israel B. Richardson, U.S. Army by Jack Mason.  Carbondale IL:  Southern Illinois Press, 2009 page 186. Originally from “The Invasion of Maryland,” by James Longstreet in Robert U. Johnson and Clarence C. Buell, eds., Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, New York:  Century, 1887-88.