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5688Re: re Moxley Sorrel and September 16th (Night)

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  • eighth_conn_inf
    Apr 10, 2009
      And we can't forget the raincoat Stonewall had on the night he was shot; it is at the VMI museum and a picture is on their website. It has the two bullet holes in the left sleeve.

      http://www4.vmi.edu/museum/Jackson.html

      Larry

      --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, Dave <gewehr@...> wrote:
      >
      > For what it's worth, even though it was very early in the war, when CSA
      > Gen Felix Zollicoffer was killed in the battle of Mill Springs in KY on
      > Jan 19, 1862, he was wearing either a "white rubber" or "light drab
      > overcoat buttoned to the chin." Due to the rain and hanging smoke, he
      > managed to ride right through the Federal lines unmolested and was only
      > shot when he spoke to a US officer on his way back out. One of the
      > accounts said that a US Lt. Col was wearing a similar coat, so nobody
      > thought anything about it.
      >
      > Dave McGowan
      >
      > Thomas Clemens wrote:
      > >
      > > To parse terms with you for a moment, officers purchase all of their
      > > own clothing and equipment and although guidelines are published, a
      > > certain lattitude is in what they wear and use. Lee's talma and
      > > overalls were likely rubberized and privately purchased. Jackson was
      > > wearing a rubberized coat when he was shot.
      > >
      > > Thomas G. Clemens D.A.
      > > Professor of History
      > > Hagerstown Community College
      > >
      > > >>> "Teej Smith" <teej@... <mailto:teej%40nc.rr.com>> 04/04/09
      > > 1:01 PM >>>
      > >
      > > Larry wrote:
      > >
      > > Teej,
      > >
      > > I see only Sorrel mentioning this--do you have other sources
      > > mentioning raingear?
      > >
      > > Sorry, no I don't. In fact the only other place I've "over-alls"
      > > mentioned was in connection with a Union soldier at Ball's Bluff.
      > > Sorrel wrote, "It had rained and he (Lee) was wearing a rubber poncho
      > > and over-alls, his body and legs being thus well protected." I suppose
      > > they could be the canvas wear you described in your message but that
      > > wouldn't be much protection from the rain. But perhaps from the mud?
      > > Whatever they were, they must have been loose fitting because later
      > > Sorrel wrote that while reaching for his bridle, Lee "tripped in his
      > > over-alls and fell forward, not prone, but catching on his hands."
      > >
      > > Sorrel then went on to describe the nature of Lee's injuries and to
      > > note word of his being hurt reached the Northern newspapers which went
      > > into great detail as to the nature of his injury. Their report was Lee
      > > had been seriously wounded and even went so far as to describe how Lee
      > > received his wound. Would like to see that newspaper report. Sorrel
      > > confirmed Lee was able to ride a little by the time of Antietam.
      > > However, I have seen a letter written by Lee in April 1863 in which he
      > > said he was still having problems with one of his hands.
      > >
      > > Regards,
      > > Teej
      > >
      > >
      > > .
      > >
      > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      > >
      > >
      >
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