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  • Tim Reese
    Jul 11, 2004
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      Gerry,

      There are those who will disagree about the sun rising in the east, but there it still rises. I presume you mean the good folks at Monocacy National Battlefield. Unfortunately they willingly subscribe to an old myth about the order being found on the John T. Best farm.

      Edmund Brown, 27th Indiana historian (1899), was there that day as a private in Co. C. After thorough consultation on such matters with his regtl. comrades he recorded:

      "On the 13th we moved by the direct road to Frederick. This took us immediately past Mr. [William] Clay�s house, in whose orchard we had camped the previous December. Looking northward, we could plainly see our deserted cabins of the previous winter; in fact some of the boys on the skirmish line passed among them.
      The bulk of Lee�s army had been at Frederick up to a very recent period. We were liable at any time to encounter rebel scouts or outposts. As the Twenty-seventh led the column, expecting any moment to sight an enemy, though passing over this ground, where we had formerly felt so secure, and which, indeed, almost seemed like home to us, the sudden and violent changes which the fortunes of war may being about were forcibly impressed upon us.
      There being no bridge over the Monocacy, on this road, we forded that stream. The water was only knee-deep, and warm, so it was no hardship, except to our already badly-worn shoes and tattered pants when we came up with our wagons at Washington. To plunge into the water in the river, and then into the dust, shoe-mouth deep, on the other side, caused them to make wry faces, but they did not flinch.
      When we emerged from the timber east of the Monocacy, we saw smoke rising from several pieces of artillery, engaged in the open country west of Frederick. It was now clear that no enemy would be encountered short of that point. But, with skirmishers still deployed in our front, we moved on and finally halted in a clover field, adjoining the city on the south.
      The weather was very beautiful. As we lay down upon the clean grass, we did so with a sense of relaxation and enjoyment that soldiers do not always have when taking a short rest. Still, something of very great importance was about to transpire. This was nothing less than the finding, by a member of the Twenty-seventh, of the now famous and historic Lost Dispatch, or Order No. 191."

      This locale lies two miles distant from the Best farm, the latter lacking the slightest scrap of credible evidence to the contrary. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Until such time as this unlikely appears, Brown's chronicle remains irrefutable. Popular storytelling pales in comparison to documented fact.

      Tim
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      From: NJ Rebel
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      Sent: 7/11/2004 8:26:14 PM
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      Dear Tim,

      As to the location of the finding of SO 191, there are some who
      will disagree with you.

      NJ Rebel is my email name but not my real name.....

      I remain,
      Your Humble and Obdt. Servant,
      G. E. "Gerry" Mayers
      Corporal,
      Confederate Signal Corps,
      Longstreet's Corps

      "It is Well that WAR is so Terrible;
      else we shall grow too fond of it."
      --Robert E. Lee

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Tim Reese" <tjreesecg@...>
      To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sunday, July 11, 2004 8:15 PM
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      > The precise spot of its finding will never be known because
      personnel of the 27th Indiana were not that specific. However, it
      was definitely found near to the intersection of South and
      Franklin streets. A section of my latest book discusses all this
      ad nauseum. If you'd like I could send that section w/map as an
      email attachment.
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: Mary Hawthorne
      > To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: 7/11/2004 8:13:44 PM
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      > Frederick County Court House might be of some assistance as
      well! Great
      > going! Now to refresh my memory, Is the location of the spot
      the order was
      > foun absolutely known?
      > Mary
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: "Tim Reese" <tjreesecg@...>
      > To: "TalkAntietam" <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Sunday, July 11, 2004 7:55 PM
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      > > Hello again, Mary,
      > >
      > > It seems I was able to answer my own question. After a
      tumultuous arrival
      > in Frederick, GBM established HQ on the farm of Dr. Lewis
      Steiner west of
      > town. This is stated in Joseph Harsh's "Taken at the Flood,"
      237, cited to
      > Paul E. Steiner, "Medical-Military Portraits of Union and
      Confederate
      > Generals," Phila.: Whitmore, 1968.
      > >
      > > Using period county maps and land records I now intend to
      pinpoint this
      > property, perhaps even track down a possible war claim filed at
      the National
      > Archives.
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      > > Tim
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