Click here to open PreserveCast Few names are as synonymous with Civil War battlefields as The Bloody Cornfield. It conjures up visions of harrowing bloodshed and the tragedy of fratricidal combat… Yet, for over 150 years, the story of this struggle has been difficult to track – the sway of battle back and forth over … Continue reading Descending Into The Bloody Cornfield With Civil War Historian, David A. Welker: PreserveCast Episode No. 126, May 18, 2020
The Cornfield – Inside the Action at Antietam’s Bloody Turning Point
By David A. Welker With my book on Antietam's Cornfield finally published, click here for a brief taste of some of the big themes it discusses: "The Cornfield – Inside the Action at Antietam’s Bloody Turning Point" And if you'd like a preview to read a few pages, here's another link you can click on … Continue reading The Cornfield – Inside the Action at Antietam’s Bloody Turning Point
The 6th Georgia in the Cornfield: Squeezed by a Deadly Vice
Reaching the fence, the 6th Georgia had restored the South’s hold on the vital Cornfield only to find itself in a dire position. Facing threats in front and right, as the enemy advanced the Georgians suddenly realized they were in a tremendous Union vise that was about to literally squeeze the regiment to death.
The 19th Indiana in Antietam’s Cornfield: “The command is no longer forward, but now it is follow me!”
An original regiment in the storied “Iron Brigade,” the 19th Indiana is perhaps best known for its role during the opening hours of the Battle of Gettysburg, which has for too long overshadowed its actions in Antietam’s deadly Cornfield…
New Old Views of the Miller Farm and Antietam’s Cornfield
Travel back in time to see Antietam's battlefield as it looked 134 years ago. Our first stop is D. R. Miller's farm, around which swirled fighting in the bloody Cornfield...
Garland’s Brigade at the Cornfield: The Death of a Reputation…and Much More
The 5th North Carolina’s Captain Thompson “came up to me in a very excited manner and tone cried out to me “They are flanking us! See, yonder’s a whole brigade!” I ordered him to keep silent and return to his place…but, when this act of indiscretion occurred, they began to break and run…” By … Continue reading Garland’s Brigade at the Cornfield: The Death of a Reputation…and Much More
The 21st Georgia: An Unexpected Mission in Antietam’s East Woods
As the 21st Georgia’s battle-tested fighters settled into positions behind the rocks and trees in the southern end of the East Woods, they knew that another Yankee advance would soon enough seek to drive them from their new position. What they didn’t understand was just how important holding this place was for a Confederate victory at Antietam…