Ruin of Mumma's house, Antietam
The field beyond the leveled fence is covered with both Federal and Confederate dead.
Over this open space swept Sedgwick's division of Sumner's Second Corps, after passing through the East and entering the West Woods.
This is near where the Confederate General Ewell's division, reinforced by McLaws and Walker, fell upon Sedgwick's left flank and rear.
Nearly two thousand Federal soldiers were struck down, the division losing during the day more than forty per cent. of its entire number.
One regiment lost sixty per cent.--the highest regimental loss sustained.
Later the right of the Confederate line crossed the turnpike at the Dunker church (about half a mile to the left of the picture) and made two assaults upon Greene, but they were repulsed with great slaughter.
General D. R. Jones, of Jackson's division, had been wounded.
The brave Starke who succeeded him was killed; and Lawton, who followed Starke, had fallen wounded.
A flaming mansion was the guidon for the extreme left of Greene's division when (early in the morning) he had moved forward along the ridge leading to the East Woods.
This dwelling belonged to a planter by the name of Mumma.
It stood in the very center of the Federal advance, and also at the extreme left of D. H. Hill's line.
The house had been fired by the Confederates, who feared that its thick walls might become a vantage-point for the Federal infantry.
It burned throughout the battle, the flames subsiding only in the afternoon.
Before it, just across the road, a battery of the First Rhode Island Light Artillery had placed its guns.
Twice were they charged, but each time they were repulsed.
From Mumma's house it was less than half a mile across the open field to the Dunker church.
The fencerails in the upper picture were those of the field enclosing Mumma's land, and the heroic dead pictured lying there were in full sight from the burning mansion. |