Quote of the Day April 9, 2012

The Sunken Road - Looking east near the Roulette Lane

“a savage continual thunder that cannot compare to any sound I ever heard.”  An Ohioan describes the fight in the Sunken Road. From A Glorious Army by Jeffry D. Wert. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011 page 138.Originally from Landscape Turned Red by Stephen Sears. New York:  Ticknor & Fields, 1983 page 241.

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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 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 8, 2012

“If General Richardson could only ride on horseback decently he would be one of the finest looking soldiers I ever saw…the General goes jolting along like some clumsy old farmer.”  Charles B. Haydon describes General Israel B. Richardson’s riding ability.  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 20. Originally from For Country, Cause and Leader The Civil War Journal of Charles B. Haydon edited by Stephen Sears. New York:  Ticknor & Fields, 1993 page 151.