5103Re: [TalkAntietam] Interesting discovery re Mac at Antietam
- Sep 30, 2008Harsh reports in TATF on page 440 that it was dysentery, a "severe case"
which had "plagued him since his days in the Mexican War". Mac wrote
his wife regarding this, and Hooker as well in the OR: XIX/1 pg 219.
It hit him on the 18th, he was still sick on the 20th when he wrote
Hooker. Same note where he promised Hooker Mansfield's command.
G E Mayers wrote:
> While re reading Joe Harsh's Taken at the Flood (TATF), page 453,
> about the battle of Antietam, I came across the following very
> interesting note about Mac immediately after the battle,
> specifically September 18-21 period:
> "Lee's precipitous retreat indicated to McClellan that the
> Federal attacks on the 17th--the effects of which had been in
> doubt--had indeed crippled the Confederate army. "Our victory was
> complete," he telegraphed to Halleck. "The enemy is driven back
> into Virginia."(70) Too ill to mount a horse, the Federal
> commander climbed into an ambulance and rode through Sharpsburg
> and toward the Potomac to reconnoiter. During his hour's ride he
> confronted the critical question of how he would respond to Lee's
> The sentence in bold face is the sentence that caught me by
> surprise. This makes me wonder what Mac's health was on September
> 17th. Also, was the illness a recurrence of the typhoid fever
> which laid him lower on at least two or three earlier occasions
> in 1862?
> Any thoughts, comments, &c???
> Yr. Obt. Svt.
> G E "Gerry" Mayers
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