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5927Re: [TalkAntietam] re R H Anderson Division early morning to mornig of Sept 17

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  • G E Mayers
    Oct 29, 2009
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      Dean,

      Again thanks. However, I have Sounding the Shallows, so will need
      to find that and look up the citation.

      If you look up the last paragraphs of that citation in Sounding
      the Shallows, it sounds as if the division took quite a while to
      ford the river and march towards Sharpsburg....

      Yr. Obt. Svt.
      G E "Gerry" Mayers

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      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Dean Essig" <d.essig@...>
      To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2009 11:39 AM
      Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] re R H Anderson Division early
      morning to mornig of Sept 17


      >
      > On Oct 28, 2009, at 2:37 PM, G E Mayers wrote:
      >
      >> Good points etc. But how can we really be sure?
      >
      > You can't, you can only look at the available evidence.
      >
      >> Anderson was not
      >> really part of M'Laws once he reaches Sharpsburg, regardless
      >> of
      >> what M'Laws says in his OR report.
      >
      > McLaws didn't imply that Anderson was under his command, that I
      > can
      > see... he was just carrying an order from Longstreet to the guy
      > in
      > charge of the division coming up behind his own.
      >
      >> Since other maps I have seen
      >> indicate (and I think the map you mentioned earlier for the
      >> slightly later time frame) Anderson somewhere near the Michael
      >> farm, that is slightly to the north of the village.
      >
      > This is correct and based on the Carmen-Cope maps, he arrived
      > there
      > between 0830 and 0900 (the time of the next earlier map...where
      > the
      > division is not shown at all... and the next one where the
      > division
      > is moving through the Michael farm on its way forward to the
      > Sunken
      > Road.
      >
      >> The problem
      >> with Cemetery Hill (what we know now as that was actually the
      >> hill...with a cornfield...right by the Lutheran cemetery) is
      >> that
      >> it lies to the _east_ of the village.
      >
      > Sure, and all accounts I've been able to find state that
      > Longstreet's
      > order was for Anderson to move to the hill "beyond" the town
      > (which
      > works just fine for Cem Hill). McLaws himself, Carmen and Harsh
      > (pg
      > 367) all agree on this... and all use McLaws' OR report as the
      > source.
      >
      > I have not been able to find an account where the order
      > specified
      > "north" of the town, please tell me where you saw it.
      >
      > You might find Sounding the Shallows, Chapter 9 part I, pg
      > 198-199 of
      > use.
      >
      > Dean
      >
      >
      >
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      >
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