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."
"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."
"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."
"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?
Over 500 cannons participated in the Battle of Antietam, firing over 50,000 rounds of ammunition. The cannonade was so severe that Confederate artillery commander Colonel S.D. Lee described the battle as "artillery hell."