Saturday, September 22, 2012

While On the Subject of Antietam and Connecticut-- Part 2

Captain John Griswold of Lyme tried to bypass the three bridges over Antietam Creek, each about a mile apart,   He waded across through waist-deep water and was shot in the chest in the crossing.  He made it to the other side where he collapsed and died.

Colonel Henry Kingsbury of the 11th Connecticut, was engaged on one of the stone bridges.  A Confederate shell wounded him in the foot, then a cannon shot from point blank range wounded him in the leg.  While being taken back, he received two more wounds: one in the shoulder and another in the stomach.  The stomach one killed him.

The 14th Connecticut, made up largely of men from Middletown received dozens of casualties advancing through a cornfield near the William Roulette farmhouse.  When they emerged from it, they were cut down by Confederates in the sunken road that became known as Bloody Lane.

More to Come.  --Old Secesh

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