5139Re: [TalkAntietam] Sept 18 Truce
- Oct 6, 2008No offical truces. To ask for one would be seen as an admission of being beaten. Lee didn't want to do that. Same thing ahppened with Grant after the debacle at Cold Harbor.
Thomas G. Clemens D.A.
Professor of History
Hagerstown Community College
>>> Dave <gewehr@...> 10/06/08 5:08 PM >>>Thanks for all the responses to my questions about tactical movements.
I will get Carman and just keep studying the maps.
Thanks also to Brian for the Shepherdstown ford pictures and research.
On the topic of O. Norton, I was reading one of his letters home where
he said the truce of the 18th allowed the ANV time to pack up and
prepare to escape. I also read this charge in another letter
(soldierstudies.org). Harsh states that there was no official truce.
Hancock writes in the OR that there was an unofficial truce made between
the pickets that allowed some retrieval (presumably on both sides) and
that Hancock had himself rejected a truce flag, and had even fired on
and captured some ANV under a truce flag.
Why would a truce be rejected? Were there any official truces at all on
any parts of the field?
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