Anchored in Sand: The 16th Connecticut Infantry

The 16th Connecticut monument on the Antietam battlefield.

The plight of the bedeviled 16th Connecticut and their attempt to hold the Union left flank in a sea of corn will be explored. The tour follows the footsteps of the 9th Corps with emphasis on the 3rd Division of the 9th U.S. Army Corps under Isaac Rodman. The green troops of the 16th Connecticut will battle both the enemy and the terrain in a desperate attempt to anchor the left flank of the 9th Corps only to find their lack of experience, like an anchor in sand, will not hold against veteran enemy forces resulting in the mighty 9th Corps tumbling back to the waters of the Antietam Creek they fought so hard to cross.

There will be two versions. A two hour that will start in Burnside Bridge parking lot and cover the ground from 3pm on September 17 until the close of the battle. The three-hour version will incorporate the Snavely Ford trail that will provide an opportunity to experience the terrain and its influence on both armies including the search for the perfect crossing of Antietam Creek. This tour version ends with the Final Attack.

Your tour guide is Martin Pritchett.

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