The Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) 17th September 1862

CHRIS DODSON
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Beitrag von CHRIS DODSON » Mo 27. Dez 2021, 18:27

The Battle of Antietam ( Sharpsburg) 17th September 1862, daybreak to 6.15 AM

Timeline. Daybreak to 6.15 AM

All initial dispositions are taken from Ezra A Carmens book, The Maryland Campaign Vol.2 and his extensively researched maps recorded for the Library of Congress.

Major General Joseph Hooker, commanding the Army of the Potomac’s First Corps, having slept at Joseph Poffenberger’s farm’s barn, north of the North wood, assembles his staff as his troops prepare to attack in the early morning light.

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After overnight rain, the weather has cleared with sun and heat predicted.

The Confederate command is essentially split into two elements with Major General James Longstreet commanding the right and Major General Thomas J Jackson on the left.

Confederate troops under Brigadier Robert Toombs take position on the heights commanding the Rhorbach bridge as an early mist from the Antietam creek dissipates .

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Elements of the Washington Artillery take position on Cemetery Hill in front of Sharpsburg, covering the Confederate centre.

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General Robert E. Lee and staff are also positioned on Cemetery Hill having travelled from his headquarters on the outskirts of town. The Reel barn is in the distance.

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Major General Daniel H Hill has deployed his division in the Confederate centre along a natural defensive position known as the sunken lane.

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Elements of the Confederate artillery reserve, Colonel S.D .Lee commanding, are positioned in front of the Dunker church.

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Major General Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson supervises the deployment.

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Ewells Division, Brigadier A.R. Lawton commanding are deployed from the Mumma farm and the East Woods at right angles to the main Confederate line.

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Furthermore, Jackson’s Division Brigadier John R Jones is deployed around the West Woods as a continuation of this line.

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On the Confederate left Major General James E.B. Stuart has positioned his cavalry in a defensive role in the West Woods extending towards the Nicodemus heights.

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Confederate skirmishers in the Miller cornfield await the Union onslaught.

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Union skirmishers from the First Corps emerge from the North wood and begin dismantling the snake fencing prior to the Federal attack.


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The action commences…….

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Re: The Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) 17th September 1862

Beitrag von Salaberry » Mo 27. Dez 2021, 20:16

Wow!! The first shot, with the pink sky, what an atmosphere!
Brilliant stuff on display here. Candy for the eyes, really.

Keep it up Chris!

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p.s. And now I've used all of my daily ration of exclamation marks...

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Re: The Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) 17th September 1862

Beitrag von Wolfgang » Di 28. Dez 2021, 10:22

Deine Bild-Inszenierungen sind wieder hervorragend, besonders wenn du auf Augenhöhe der Figuren gehst! Ganz toll!
Liebe Grüße, Wolle

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Re: The Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) 17th September 1862

Beitrag von Egbert » Di 28. Dez 2021, 13:11

The battle begins and you fascinate us again with the matching storry ...
Unbelievable with which density you recapture the atmosphere.
The whole thing is once again a thrilling film that I am incredibly looking forward to continuing.
Thank you very much my friend for your efforts!
LG Egbert
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Re: The Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) 17th September 1862

Beitrag von stenfalk » Di 28. Dez 2021, 22:43

Marvelous!
Beste Grüße,

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Re: The Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) 17th September 1862

Beitrag von CHRIS DODSON » Mi 5. Jan 2022, 11:06

Thank you to everyone for their kind words.

The project has taken a long time to research, plan, build and finally bring to fruition but it is now bearing fruit.

I am moving six hundred troops of Hookers First Corps onto the field and have started photographing the action as it commences.

Lots to do.

Happy New Year.

Chris

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Re: The Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) 17th September 1862

Beitrag von Cryns » Fr 7. Jan 2022, 14:04

Dear Chris,

Great work. Very good compositions, they make clear to me you studied the events intense and you understand what was going on and why.
Very nice pictures of early morning in dusk. Nice panorama shots of landscape and troop deployments. Well done.

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Re: The Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) 17th September 1862

Beitrag von CHRIS DODSON » Mi 12. Jan 2022, 10:47

The Battle of Antietam ( Sharpsburg) 17th September 1862 6.15 AM to 6.30AM

Timeline 6.15 to 6.30 AM

Overview looking north from the Smoketown road. The Miller farm and buildings are in the centre view, the East wood to the right and the Nicodemus heights in the far left. Captain Pelham’s artillery smoke can be observed.

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Major General Joseph Hooker commanding the Union First Corps is advancing south against the Confederate left flank, along the Hagerstown pike. His objective is the Dunkard church, located just off the Smoketown road by the West wood.

Brigadier General Abner Doubledays First Division is advancing along the Hagerstown pike.

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Supporting him is Brigadier General George Meade’s Third Division which is advancing through the Miller farm area and cornfield.

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On his left, advancing through the East wood, is the Second Division commanded by Brigadier General James Rickets.

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Confederate artillery on the Nicodemus heights commanded by Captain John Pelham have commenced an enfilading fire upon the Union advance.

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Contemporaneously elements of the Confederate reserve artillery, Colonel Stephen Lee are also disputing the advance.

Union artillery of the First corps is being deployed in order to respond to these threats.

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Confederate skirmishers, contesting the federal advance are falling back through the Miller Cornfield.

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Orders summoning the Twelfth Army Corps, Major General Joseph Mansfield commanding, have been issued as ‘fighting Joe’ spurs his troops onwards.

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Re: The Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) 17th September 1862

Beitrag von stenfalk » Fr 14. Jan 2022, 21:29

Unbelievable! And unmistakably Chris style! I'm speechless once again...
Beste Grüße,

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Re: The Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) 17th September 1862

Beitrag von Cryns » Sa 15. Jan 2022, 13:09

Very nice compositions and images again dear Chris.

Have you considered adding more light onto the foreground figurines? Especially the Union troops in their dark uniforms and dark horses are enlighted extremely low key.
I think your whole setup is based on the historic lightsource (direction of the sun) with Unionists walking towards it and Confederates walking away from it. Which, of course, is a wonderful element of what you are re-creating.

If I may give you a suggestion: use an additional spotlight to direct some stronger rimlight onto the foreground figurines. Or use a white reflection surface beside or around the camera position to bounce some light back onto the foreground figurines. In a real landscape, the clouds or blue sky diffuses the sunlight and make it coming from all directions.

In case you used low key lighting to cover the lack of details painted on those figurines, you must forget all I wrote above and just go on do your great thing. :D

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