Claimed by the Cornfield: Georgia’s Colonel Marcellus Douglass

With his brigade locked in a nearly point-blank fight on the southern end of Antietam’s Cornfield, Colonel Douglass had already been wounded seven times but remained in command.  Then an eighth Union Minie ball suddenly found him… By David A. Welker Marcellus Douglass was born in Thomaston, Georgia on October 5th, 1820.  Little is known … Continue reading Claimed by the Cornfield: Georgia’s Colonel Marcellus Douglass

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.    By David A. Welker John … 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… By David A. Welker William Henry Christian was born on April 9th 1825 in Utica, New York.  Although … 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. By David A. Welker The 90th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment was recruited exclusively within the city of Philadelphia. Originally designated the 2nd … Continue reading The 90th Pennsylvania Infantry in the Cornfield: “Solitary and alone, we gave and took our medicine”