2429RE: [TalkAntietam] Re: AoP Cavalry on Maryland Campaign
- Jan 8, 2006Three questions, Gerry.
How did the US Signal Corps identify the force as Hill's?
How did McClellan learn or indicate that what he was attempting to relieve
at HF was a siege?
To where were the telegraph lines from HF operating?
From: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com [mailto:TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of G E Mayers
Sent: Sunday, January 08, 2006 2:51 PM
Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: AoP Cavalry on Maryland Campaign
re Mac and AP Hill......Burnside was warned by US Signal Corps that AP Hill
would be soon engaging his left...but did nothing about it....... Cavalry
would have run into Munford, IIRC, who was posted down towards Antietam
As for Pleasant Valley, Franklin debouched into there from taking Crampton's
Gap. Fox's Gap was the key to controlling Turner's Gap, but the stiff
Confederate resistance made the Federal IX Corps not realize they had
actually taken the Gap....until too late. Turner's Gap was attacked by the
Federal I Corps and the very very stiff Confederate resistance there pretty
much held off a Federal breakthrough on that front.
I believe Mac knew something was up with HF because, again IIRC, he was
supposed to signal with cannon when he approached close enough to HF to try
to relieve the Siege there. Again, IIRC, the telegraph lines operating out
from HF were still open until very late in the Siege.
G E "Gerry" Mayers
"As an American citizen I prize the Union very highly
and know of no personal sacrifice that I would not make
to preserve it, save that of honour."
--Robt. E. Lee, Letter to Rooney Lee, 3 December 1860
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