Harsh makes a convincing case that something important happened
to make Lee realize the passes at South Mountain were in danger,
especially Turner's and Fox's. Stuart said he provided
information from a Southern sympathizer that Mac had come across
something about the rebel army that got him very excited.
However, Harsh also says that Lee really does not do anything
until he receives a panicked dispatch from D H Hill saying
basically "the entire whole d___ Yankee army is heading right at
me!" and then dispatching Longstreet from Hagerstown. This
happens very early on the morning of September 14th. As it is, it
is a forced march and all the divisions in Longstreet's command
arrive at South Mountain much reduced in strength and are just
barely able to hold the two passes (Turner's and Fox's) as a sort
of relief for D H Hill's weary men.
At Crampton's Gap, it is a different story. Franklin absolutely
smashes through and gets into Pleasant Valley. If he had kept
going, he would have been in Lee's rear.
Yr. Obt. Svt.
G E "Gerry" Mayers
To Be A Virginian, either by birth, marriage, adoption, or even
on one's mother's side, is an introduction to any state in the
Union, a passport to any foreign country, and a benediction from
the Almighty God. --Anonymous
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave" <gewehr@...>
Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 5:18 PM
Subject: [TalkAntietam] Lost Order
>I think just on it's face, without all the other evidence, it
> hard for me to believe Lee planted the orders:
> One, what are the odds an enlisted man would pick up three
> cigars and
> the paper and give them to his CO? I probably wouldn't.
> Second, what are the odds that the private picking up the paper
> even be literate? I could see him putting it in his pack for
> later use
> at the latrine if he couldn't read it.
> Third, how would Lee know that the orders had been found?
> Wouldn't you
> have to have that information to act?
> Dave McGowan