Well it s funny because IIRC I think Harsh mentions it in his book TATF. And Joe Harsh discredited Walker s B&L account entirely. Yr. Obt. Svt. G E GerryMessage 1 of 68 , Feb 5, 2009View SourceWell it's funny because IIRC I think Harsh mentions it in his
book TATF. And Joe Harsh discredited Walker's B&L account
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G E "Gerry" Mayers
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From: "Dean Essig" <d.essig@...>
Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2009 8:53 AM
Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: The Orbats at Antietam
> Actually, that one is a myth. The fevered workings of one man's
> recollections years and years after the battle.
> None of the other figures allegedly directly involved in this
> mentioned anything about it in their reports (and Hood and Law
> both very clear about going to the rear, getting some
> ammunition, and
> returning to the West Woods area later in the day... forming a
> straggler brigade of, what was the claim? 5,000 men (!) and
> in front of Lee so he could give them some stirring words would
> warranted some mention.
> That's what my research into it showed.
> On Feb 5, 2009, at 7:44 AM, G E Mayers wrote:
>> There is a story of a "stragglers brigade" organized/gathered
>> Lee's orders (I do not recall off the top of my head who
>> commanded, but it might have been John Bell Hood) at one point
>> during the battle when it looked as if the Federals would try
>> another assault on the Dunkard Church area. This could have
>> in the early afternoon. The important point about this is that
>> the members of this "straggler's brigade" were men who had
>> knocked out of their respective units due to the ferocity of
>> fighting on that day...meaning they were for the most part
>> command of a leader they normally did not fight under.
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Jackson has some real problems as a tactical commander, and he keeps making the same mistakes, which suggests that he wasn t very introspective aboutMessage 68 of 68 , Feb 12, 2009View SourceJackson has some real problems as a tactical commander, and he keeps making
the same mistakes, which suggests that he wasn't very introspective about
developing those skills. None of his battles really display a flair for tactics,
even Chancellorsville, where his choices of divisions in line instead of
column greatly complicated his own attack.
That said, he was quite effective at what we today would call the
In a message dated 2/11/2009 3:21:43 P.M. Central Standard Time,
Gary Echelbarger is also a great source on the Valley Campaign of
1862. Mildly said, Jackson got very lucky in the Valley in 1862..
the only Federal commander to beat him, and do so pretty soundly,
was James Shields. (Even there, actual field commander was Nathan
Kimball.) That said, Jackson had, after Shields, mediocre Federal
commanders to contend with....
Yr. Obt. Svt.
G E "Gerry" Mayers
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