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5929Re: [TalkAntietam] re R H Anderson Division early morning to mornig of Sept 17

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  • G E Mayers
    Oct 29, 2009

      IIRC Anderson does not get the order to move to Sunken Road and
      actually start doing so until around 1000... which might give him
      plenty of time.

      Trying to reconcile some diverging bits of information as part of
      my book project about the 4th NC etc.

      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 2:11 PM
      Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] re R H Anderson Division early
      morning to mornig of Sept 17

      > On Oct 29, 2009, at 12:54 PM, G E Mayers wrote:
      >> 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....
      > Gerry,
      > Not sure what to make of Gibson's time hack. The time may be
      > accurate
      > (who knows?), but the location "near the battlefield" is very
      > vague.
      > No way of knowing if either point means much as the context. is
      > lost.
      > If we assume 0700 was the time the division bumped into the
      > back end
      > of McLaws, which was busy crossing the ford, and stopped is
      > "arriving
      > near the battlefield", that allows two hours for not only
      > McLaws
      > _and_ Anderson to fully cross, march down the tow path and head
      > up
      > toward the town (a read on that distance would be helpful), but
      > also
      > for ...
      > 1) Anderson to get and act on what might have been two orders
      > (one
      > carried by McLaws to move through town and another, supposed by
      > Harsh, to have sent him north of town to act as Longstreet's
      > reserve),
      > 2) to actually pass through (or allow to pass) the rear of
      > McLaws on
      > his way north,
      > 3) March the distance north of town to Michaels, and
      > 4) Start to execute an order to move to the Sunken Road.
      > That's a lot to do in the time available.
      > Dean
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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