James McPherson was riding his horse on a road near Decatur, Georgia to his old XVII Corps. McPherson had a theory that the Confederates under John Bell Hood were going to attack the Union right flank. He was well on his way when Confederate skirmishers moved to block his path. Continue reading
The Union VI Corps commander was with his men when he made this remark about the accuracy of the confederate sharpshooters…
“Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.”
The Battle of Antietam began at dawn (about 5:30) on September 17, when the 8,600 men of Hooker’s I Corps came crashing down the Hagerstown Turnpike and the North Woods, aiming for a small, whitewashed building called the Dunker Church. His troops were met by 7,700 defenders under Stonewall Jackson in strong defensive positions around and below the Cornfield and the West Woods.