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3274Re: [TalkAntietam] McClellan's after action reports

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  • Tom Shay
    Feb 1, 2007
      I would encourage you to read the cited TAF pages in this matter. I didn't check the footnotes for his sources. Admittedly, Harsh's theory as to Mac's original intentions certainly was one I hadn't recall seeing proposed by others. He also goes on to describe how the plan went afoul when Doubleday moved westward rather than southward.

      Tom Shay

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      From: Harry Smeltzer
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      Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2007 7:31 PM
      Subject: RE: [TalkAntietam] McClellan's after action reports

      I think Steve already posted the August description, Gerry. And it does not
      jive with what Tom posted.


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      From: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com [mailto:TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com] On
      Behalf Of G E Mayers
      Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2007 7:27 PM
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      Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] McClellan's after action reports

      Was that the actual original plan or what Mac wrote in August 1863,
      when he was trying to defend himself against charges of mis management
      of the AoP during the battle?

      Yr. Obt. Svt.
      G E "Gerry" Mayers

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      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Tom Shay" <RoteBaron@comcast. <mailto:RoteBaron%40comcast.net> net>
      To: <TalkAntietam@ <mailto:TalkAntietam%40yahoogroups.com> yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2007 7:05 PM
      Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] McClellan's after action reports

      > Here are some excerpts from TAF that corroborate what I had stated
      > about Mac's plan:
      > Pages 347-348:
      > "The opening attack would not continue westward after crossing the
      > Antietam to discover the end of the Confederate line approaching the
      > river. Instead, it would bear to its own left (east), keeping near
      > the creek and aim for the end of the heights at the point where
      > Lee's line turned west in front of the Piper farm. Thus, McClellan's
      > object on the left was the hinge in the Confederate line, where D.H.
      > Hill's division bent from facing the Antietam and ran westward to
      > join the Hagerstown Pike."
      > Tom Shay
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