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5104Re: [TalkAntietam] Interesting discovery re Mac at Antietam

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  • G E Mayers
    Sep 30, 2008
      Wait. 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@...>
      To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 7:36 PM
      Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Interesting discovery re Mac at
      Antietam


      > 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
      > 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.
      >
      > Dave
      >
      > G E Mayers wrote:
      >>
      >> Gang,
      >>
      >> 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
      >> withdrawal."
      >>
      >> 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
      >>
      >> 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
      >>
      >> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      >>
      >>
      >
      >
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