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The Antietam Campaign$
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Gary W. Gallagher

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780807824818

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807835913_gallagher

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It Appeared As Though Mutual Extermination Would Put a Stop to the Awful Carnage

It Appeared As Though Mutual Extermination Would Put a Stop to the Awful Carnage

Confederates in Sharpsburg's BloodyLane

(p.223) It Appeared As Though Mutual Extermination Would Put a Stop to the Awful Carnage
The Antietam Campaign

Robert K. Krick

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the Confederate defense of Bloody Lane. It devotes considerable attention to the collapse of Richard H. Anderson's division, which arrived on the field in time to buttress the defense of the Bloody Lane by Robert E. Rodes's Alabama brigade and George Burgwyn Anderson's North Carolina brigade, but quickly lost cohesion because of poor leadership and horrific casualties among its officers. The chapter shows that anyone hoping to understand what happened to Confederates in the Bloody Lane must also consider the decisions and movements of officers and units well removed from the road itself.

Keywords:   Civil War, Maryland campaign, Confederate defense, Richard H. Anderson, Robert E. Rodes, George Burgwyn Anderson

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