Battle of Antietam
Hidden Antietam: Seldom-seen Alfred Poffenberger farm
JOHN BANKS' CIVIL WAR BLOG: Hidden Antietam: Seldom-seen Alfred Poffenberger farm This rare sketch entitled "Antietam: The Fight at Poffinberger's [sic} Farm" shows the barn and house (enlargement below) in the right background on Sept. 17, 1862. Schell was a sketch artist during the Civil War. (Francis Schell | The Becker collection, used with permission)
15-year-old John Cook was a bugler in the 4th US Artillery Regiment. Before the war, he was a newsboy from Cincinnati. At Antietam, he took control of a cannon by himself and fired upon Confederate troops just 15 feet away. In 1894, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions at Antietam.