A description of gettysburg as the turning point in the american civil war

The Confederate brigade withdrew after being exposed to fierce return fire from the Iron Brigade, and Starke was mortally wounded. When asked by a fellow officer where his division was, Hood replied, "Dead on the field.

Cook of the 12th Massachusetts Infantry, on the attack by the Louisiana Tigers at the Cornfield [33] While the Cornfield remained a bloody stalemate, Federal advances a few hundred yards to the west were more successful.

A savage battle began, with considerable melee action with rifle butts and bayonets due to short visibility in the corn.

Hancock assumed division command. The Texans attacked with particular ferocity because as they were called from their reserve position they were forced to interrupt the first hot breakfast they had had in days. The middle bridge, on the road from Boonsborowas subject to artillery fire from the heights near Sharpsburg.

Max Weber, was quickly cut down by heavy rifle fire; neither side deployed artillery at this point. Rifles became hot and fouled from too much firing; the air was filled with a hail of bullets and shells.

He arrived at this decision because of the configuration of bridges over the Antietam. Ricketts, had also been wounded. Corby would later perform a similar service at Gettysburg in He issued to each of his subordinate commanders only the orders for his own corps, not general orders describing the entire battle plan.

The conflagration caused heavy casualties on both sides and was described by Col. There was a reserve of 3, cavalry and the 10, infantrymen of Gen. Here, both Union and Confederate dead lie together on the field.

The VI Corps had just arrived with 12, men. Eager for an opportunity to see combat, French found skirmishers in his path and ordered his men forward. It was estimated that the Cornfield changed hands no fewer than 15 times in the course of the morning.

Lightfoot, who had succeeded the unconscious John Gordon. Caldwell into battle around noon after being told that Caldwell was in the rear, behind a haystackand finally the tide turned.

The Dunker Church after September 17, Concerned that his men would bolt under fire, he marched them in a formation that was known as "column of companies, closed in mass," a bunched-up formation in which a regiment was arrayed ten ranks deep instead of the normal two.

Confederate reinforcements arrived just after 7 a.

Battle of Antietam

Gordon received 5 serious wounds in the fight, twice in his right leg, twice in the left arm, and once in the face. Andersonand Col. Hill got around the Federal left flank near the sunken road, and although they were driven back by a fierce charge of the 5th New Hampshire, this stemmed the collapse of the center.

Rifles are shot to pieces in the hands of the soldiers, canteens and haversacks are riddled with bullets, the dead and wounded go down in scores. Fitz John Porter, heard recommendations from Maj.

McClellan planned to commit more than half his army to the assault, starting with two corps, supported by a third, and if necessary a fourth.

The second attack, more raw recruits under Col. Christian—had difficulties reaching the scene. Sunken Road By midday, the action had shifted to the center of the Confederate line. Lee sent his final reserve division—some 3, men under Maj.

The terrain provided excellent cover for infantrymen, with rail and stone fences, outcroppings of limestoneand little hollows and swales.

The lower bridge which would soon be named Burnside Bridge was dominated by Confederate positions on the bluffs overlooking it.

Gordon of the 6th Alabama. Richardson personally dispatched the brigade of Brig. Hill commanded about 2, men, less than half the number under French, and three of his five brigades had been torn up during the morning combat. Lafayette McLaws with two divisions and A.

Artillery, and Gibbon himself saw to it that his previous unit did not lose a single caisson.The Battle of Antietam / æ n ˈ t iː t əm /, also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg, particularly in the Southern United States, was a battle of the American Civil War, fought on September 17,between Confederate General Robert E.

Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and Union General George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac, near Sharpsburg, Maryland and Antietam Creek. Gettysburg Seething Hell: The epic battle of the Civil War in the soldiers' own words [Thomas R.

Pero] on killarney10mile.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. To bring the sweeping story of the Gettysburg Campaign to life, talented contemporary photographers—some dressed in period-authentic uniforms—participated in th Civil War reenactment events across the country.

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