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Antietam National Battlefield

The Cornfield

Miller's Cornfield, viewed from the south (25K)

Image 1: Miller's Cornfield. Although the "cornfield" has wheat growing in it in this picture, the cornstalks were tall at the time of the battle. Hooker's men were the first to die in this field, then Hood's Confederates. Later, Southern troops pursuing Sedgwick's fleeing troops were cut to pieces by Union artillery. "The Cornfield" at Antietam would be as sadly remembered in Civil War history as the Peach Orchards at Shiloh and Gettysburg, and Bloody Lane, elsewhere on the Antietam battlefield. The monument is a Vermont monument to the Second US Sharpshooters regiment and is near the south west corner of the cornfield.

Miller's Cornfield, looking towards the East Woods (30K)

Image 2: Miller's Cornfield, looking towards the East Woods. This photograph shows the cornfield at a different point along the fence. An interpretive plaque is seen in the foreground. In the background is East Woods.

Texas State Monument (24K)

Image 3: Texas State monument. Across the road from the cornfield, facing north, is the Texas State Monument.

Georgia State Monument (15K)

Image 4: Georgia State monument. Near the Texas State Monument is the Georgia State Monument. Behind the monument you can see flat farm land. The Confederate troops would have had clear lines of fire on any Union troops emerging from the cornfield. The cornfield would obscure line of site to troops within it, but would not have offered much in the way of protection. Cannon fire, in particular, would have been devastating.

These photographs were taken with a Nikon F-601 autofocus SLR, using a Nikkor 24mm - 50mm f2.8 wide angle zoom lens. The image was captured on Kodak Royal Gold 100 film.