• Cannon and Cornfield at Dawn

    Antietam

    National Battlefield Maryland

Artillery at Antietam, Part 3

"A converging storm of iron slammed into the batteries from front and flank. Wheels were smashed, men knocked down, horses sent screaming, to stay in the field was to sacrifice units needlessly."
 
artillery battery
 

"The smoke rolled backward to the mountains... the destructive shot and shell were falling, it would appear, on every foot of land....I doubt not that at one time there was one piece of artillery firing at the hill to every five men we had defending it."

"A great tumbling together of all heaven and earth."

 
Cannons in battery
 

"A savage continual thunder that cannot compare to any sound I ever heard."

"The air around us seemed to be alive with shot and shell from the enemy's artillery. The his seemed to have become an active volcano, belching forth flame and smoke."

 
Artillery ready for action
 

"I could hear the bones crash in my division like glass in a hail storm."

"Shells burst around us, the fragments tearing up the ground, and grape shot whistled through the corn above us."

Did You Know?

The Texas Flag

The First Texas Infantry lost 82% of their men killed, wounded and missing while fighting in the Cornfield at Antietam, the highest casualty rate for any Confederate regiment in one battle of the Civil War.