Friday, April 14, 2017

At Sharpsburg --

George Anderson CSA

George B. Anderson was born on April 12, 1831 near Hillsboro, North Carolina. He was a graduate of West Point class of 1852, resigned his commission and joined the Army of the Confederacy at the outbreak of the Civil War. He participated in the battles of Williamsburg, Seven Days, Malvern Hill, South Mountain before being wounded at the Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862. He was wounded in the foot and died in Raleigh, NC on October 1862, as a result of surgery to amputate his leg. A mortuary cannon set in a block of stone is inscribed: 


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Confederate Brigadier General Lawrence O’Bryan Branch

The monument honoring Confederate Brigadier General Lawrence O’Bryan Branch is located on the southern end of Branch Avenue.
This is one of six “mortuary cannons” placed on the Antietam battlefield to honor six generals, three Union and three Confederate, who were killed or mortally wounded at Antietam.

During the battle Branch was senior brigadier in A.P. Hill’s Light Division, commanding a brigade of North Carolina regiments. At the height of Hill’s successful counterattack on Union General Burnside’s Ninth Corps at the end of the battle, Branch was struck in the head and killed while conferring with Hill and his fellow brigadiers.**

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A friend who was visiting Sharpsburg placed two of the coins I make.
I'm happy to be able to help honor our Confederate Soldiers.
It's all about honor !


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