5808Special Order 191 Question
- Aug 30, 2009Dear All,
Yesterday evening, while sitting under a tent fly at a small CW
event, along with two friends, one whom portrays Gen. J
Longstreet and the other who portrays Maj Gen LaFayette M'Laws, a
discussion was held about Special Order 191. Topics of the
discussion pertained to the copy which D H Hill receives from Gen
Jackson and whether or not the "official" copy transmitted from
Army HQ (Lee's HQ) ever reached General Hill.
I do know Joe Harsh spends some time discussing this in TATF,
however, therein lies a mystery here, of several possible facets
(as at least per the discussion):
1. Did General Hill actually receive the "official" copy and was
it properly receipted for to be transmitted back to Army HQ?
2. If a receipt was recd. at Lee's HQ of transmittal of the order
to General Hill, where would such receipt have been filed?
3. Is it possible that, since Hill already had a copy sent him by
his brother in law, T J Jackson, when the "official" copy
arrives, the comment is basically, "Oh, we already have a copy"
& the "official" copy is receipted for and then destroyed by Hill
or one of his staff?
4. As per the copy of SO191 found, rather conveniently it might
appear, wrapped around three cigars by Sgt Bloss of the 27th
Indiana and then sent up the chain of command to where it reaches
McClellan, and Mac says basically, "Here I have all the plans of
the Rebels and if I can not whip Bobby Lee, I might as well go
home"... does anyone know what happens to the copy which Mac
Thank y'all for your enlightenment.
Yr. Obt. Svt.
G E "Gerry" Mayers
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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
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