5104Re: [TalkAntietam] Interesting discovery re Mac at Antietam
- Sep 30, 2008Wait. Wasn't Hooker already in command of First Corps? Why would
he want Mansfield's former Corps?
Yr. Obt. Svt.
G E "Gerry" Mayers
To Be A Virginian, either by birth, marriage, adoption, or even
on one's mother's side, is an introduction to any state in the
Union, a passport to any foreign country, and a benediction from
the Almighty God. --Anonymous
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From: "Dave" <gewehr@...>
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 7:36 PM
Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Interesting discovery re Mac at
> Harsh 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
> 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
> Hooker. Same note where he promised Hooker Mansfield's
> G E Mayers wrote:
>> While re reading Joe Harsh's Taken at the Flood (TATF), page
>> 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
>> complete," he telegraphed to Halleck. "The enemy is driven
>> into Virginia."(70) Too ill to mount a horse, the Federal
>> commander climbed into an ambulance and rode through
>> and toward the Potomac to reconnoiter. During his hour's ride
>> confronted the critical question of how he would respond to
>> The sentence in bold face is the sentence that caught me by
>> surprise. This makes me wonder what Mac's health was on
>> 17th. Also, was the illness a recurrence of the typhoid fever
>> which laid him lower on at least two or three earlier
>> in 1862?
>> Any thoughts, comments, &c???
>> Yr. Obt. Svt.
>> G E "Gerry" Mayers
>> To Be A Virginian, either by birth, marriage, adoption, or
>> on one's mother's side, is an introduction to any state in the
>> Union, a passport to any foreign country, and a benediction
>> the Almighty God. --Anonymous
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