Quote of the Day April 7 2012

First Minnesota Infantry most advanced position looking out of the West Woods

“If the horrors of war cannot be seen on this battlefield they cant be seen any where.  The Rebbles fought well-I will give them credit for that.”  Charley Goddard, September 19 1862. From The Last Full Measure The Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers by Richard Moe.  New York:  Avon Books, 1993 page 190.  Originally from Charles Goddard, letter to mother, Sep 19 1862 Orrin F. Smith and Family Papers. Minnesota Historical Society.


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 April 5, 2012

Confederate artillery behind the Sunken Road

“Gen. Longstreet working like a man god in center.” Thomas Goree describing Longstreet’s herculean efforts to hold the center of the Confederate line at Antietam.  From A Glorious Army by Jeffry D. Wert. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011 page 140. Originally from Longstreet’s Aide: The Civil War Letters of Major Thomas J. Goree by Thomas W. Cutrer, editor. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1995 page 26.

Quote of the Day April 4, 2012

Antietam Sunrise September 17, 2010

“The sun seemed almost to go backwards, and it appeared as if night would never come”  William J. DeRusset from North Carolina recalls the long day at Antietam.  From A Glorious Army by Jeffry D. Wert. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011 page 136.  Originally from William J. Russet to My Dear Sir, (D.H. Hill) June 18, 1885, Hill Papers, LVA.

Quote of the Day March 28, 2012

Robert E. Lee

“In view of all the circumstances, it was better to have fought the battle of Maryland than to have left it without a struggle.” Robert E. Lee to Maria Jackson January 25, 1866.  From A Glorious Army by Jeffry D. Wert. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011 page 129.  Originall found in the Hotchkiss Papers, Library of Congress.


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.

Quote of the Day March 11, 1862

The Cornfield at Antietam

“The roar all about us of nearby small arms and artillery more distant was so deafening that the major, in making his report, had to place his mouth to my ear.  Just as he concluded and whilst we still were standing breast to breast, he with his right side and I with my left towards the front, he was stricken by a bullet, straightened, stiffened and fell backwards prone upon the ground, dead.” Lieutenant Colonel Work of the 1st Texas describes the death of Major Dale in the Cornfield. Found in “First Texas in the Cornfield.” by George E. Otott.  The Maryland Campaign of 1862 Civil War Regiments:  A Journal of the American Civil War. Vol 5, No 3. Campbell CA:  Savas Publishing Company, 1998 page 102. Originally from First Texas Regiment of the Texas Brigade of the Army of Northern Virginia at the Battles of Boonsboro Pass or Gap and Sharpsburg or Antietam, Maryland in September 1862 by Philip Work (unpublished manuscript, 1907)