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  • NJ Rebel
    Oct 11 6:56 PM
      Dear Brian,

      Your quote sounds almost like something George B. McClellan
      would write, IMHO...........

      Very respectfully,
      Your humble and obdt. Servant,
      G. E. (Gerry) Mayers,
      Confederate Signal Corps,
      Longstreet's Corps

      A Proud American by Birth, Southern by Choice!

      "I know of no fitter resting-place for a soldier than the
      field on which he has nobly laid down his
      ." --General Robert Edward Lee

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Brian Downey" <bdowney@...>
      To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Friday, October 10, 2003 8:02 PM
      Subject: [TalkAntietam] What does this say about the author?

      > Greetings listers,
      > I've been re-reading and posting lots of Antietam reports
      from the ORs
      > lately (http://aotw.org/exhibit.php?exhibit_id=OR_index),
      and have
      > been struck especially by a few. The text quoted below,
      written in
      > October 1862, really gets to me - mostly because it looks
      at first
      > glance to be typical 19th Century melodrama, but actually
      may be
      > indicative of much more ...
      > "In the beginning of the month of September the safety of
      the National
      > Capital was seriously endangered by the presence of a
      > enemy, who soon after crossed into Maryland and then
      > threatened Washington and Baltimore, while they occupied
      the soil of a
      > loyal State and threatened an invasion of Pennsylvania."
      > "The army of the Union, inferior in numbers, wearied by
      long marches,
      > deficient in various supplies, worn out by numerous
      battles, the last
      > of which had not been successful, first covered by its
      movements the
      > important cities of Washington and Baltimore, then boldly
      attacked the
      > victorious enemy in their chosen strong position and drove
      them back,
      > with all their superiority of numbers, into the State of
      > thus saving the loyal States from invasion and rudely
      dispelling the
      > rebel dreams of carrying the war into our country and
      subsisting upon
      > our resources."
      > "Thirteen guns and thirty-nine colors, more than 15,000
      stand of
      > small-arms, and more than 6,000 prisoners were the
      trophies which
      > attest the success of our arms."
      > What do you think of it?
      > Brian
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