Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Scenes From Antietam: Bloody Lane

In The Bloody Lane. The view of Confederates as Union Soldiers charged the position.

The Bloody Lane towards the left end of the Confederate Line

The Bloody Lane towards the right end of the Confederate line

Fighting in the cornfield led General Robert E. Lee to strip his southern lines to re-inforce Jackson. This adjustment left his center woefully undermanned. Circumstance and the fog of war led the division of Union General French squarely into the line of Confederate General D.H. Hill. Hill's men were entrenched on a sunken farm road which forever after would be known as "Bloody Lane".

After several bloody repulses, partially delivered by the 6th Alabama led by future Georgia Governor John B. Gordon, the Union soldiers eventually took the position. However, General Hill rallied his troops on a ridge at the outskirts of town, delivered a counter attack which gave the Union commanders pause and the battle passed further south.

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