Cowards in the Cornfield? (Part Two): The Complicated Story of Virginia’s General John R. Jones

When General J. R. Jones quickly relinquished command at the prospect of marching his division into Antietam’s Cornfield, his fellow Southern officers began whispering the word “coward” behind his back.  But even this firestorm of controversy couldn’t prepare Jones for what awaited him when his postwar “indiscretions” became known.    John Robert Jones was born … Continue reading Cowards in the Cornfield? (Part Two): The Complicated Story of Virginia’s General John R. Jones

Cowards in the Cornfield?: The Sorry Story of Colonel William Christian

Amidst a firestorm of Confederate shells, just as his brigade was heading into the hell of Antietam’s Cornfield, Colonel William Christian suddenly muttered “I’ve always had a great fear of shelling.”  And with that, he simply vanished…   William Henry Christian was born on April 9th 1825 in Utica, New York.  Although his childhood experiences … Continue reading Cowards in the Cornfield?: The Sorry Story of Colonel William Christian

The 90th Pennsylvania Infantry in the Cornfield: “Solitary and alone, we gave and took our medicine”

“For God’s sake, come and help us out…!” begged the new head of Hartsuff’s Brigade and without a pause, Colonel Lyle had the 90th Pennsylvania marching forward into the swirling inferno of Antietam’s Cornfield.   The 90th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment was recruited exclusively within the city of Philadelphia. Originally designated the 2nd Regiment/First Brigade/First Division … Continue reading The 90th Pennsylvania Infantry in the Cornfield: “Solitary and alone, we gave and took our medicine”

Captain Von Bachelle and his canine friend sacrifice all in the Cornfield

You may have heard the story of Werner Von Bachelle and his beloved dog, who shared their lives and met their respective fates in Antietam’s Cornfield. But do you know their experiences in the month and hours before marching together into the Cornfield?  Here is their shared story… Werner Von Bachelle was a man made … Continue reading Captain Von Bachelle and his canine friend sacrifice all in the Cornfield