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  • Thomas G. Clemens
    Jun 27, 2012
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      This is exactly how Longstreet got wounded. Micah Jenkins' SC brigade had new dark gray jackets at Wilderness. Coming with Longstreet's flank attack they were fired into by their own men, who mistook them for Yankees. Longstreet was wounded severely, but Micah Jenkins was killed.
      From: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com [TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com] on behalf of MikeL49NYVI@... [MikeL49NYVI@...]
      Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 10:19 PM
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      I have a semi-related story:
      We have been researching the 1st Texas for a CSA impression, and have
      ben getting a lot of background material from the 1st Texas in Houston. While
      discussing uniform coats, he told me that the 1st received new Richmond
      Depot III coats from England, which were cadet gray, after Gettysburg. It
      seems that there was so much blue in them, that at Chickamaugua, their own
      friends from Longstreet's Corps mistook them for Federals, and fired a couple
      volleys at them.
      So, it was not uncommon to mistake friend from foe, in any battle. Even
      when wearing the right uniform.

      Mike Lavis

      In a message dated 6/27/2012 7:12:29 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
      tgclemens@...<mailto:tgclemens%40hagerstowncc.edu> writes:

      Thanks Mike. I am always skeptical of regimental histories, too much
      post-war influence on the writes. I do not doubt that some guys were wearing
      captured clothing, but I doubt enough of them to fool anyone to think they
      were a Union unit. I recall somewhere, no time to look now, a CS soldier
      saying unlike others, he only took underclothing, not wanting to be shot
      mistakenly. Good stuff!

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      behalf of Jim Rosebrock [pointsalines@...<mailto:pointsalines%40yahoo.com>]
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      Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Hill's Light Division March

      Are William Morris's letters found in a book on the 27th North Carolina?
      Jim Rosebrock

      From: Michael Hardy
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      Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 10:25 AM
      Subject: [TalkAntietam] Hill's Light Division March

      Teej - Capt.
      William Morris, commanding the 37th North Carolina Troops, Branch's
      Light Division, writes home on September 23, 1862: ��we went to harpers
      Ferry & captured
      Twelve Thousand yankeys and all of there arms & stores. they surrendered
      without Much fighting. We had a fine time at harpers fery. Got Plenty
      Shugar & Coffee, in fact all
      most any thing we could wish, clothing, etc.�
      He writes again
      on September 28, 1862: �I have Clothes plenty to Doo Me all winter as we
      Got what we wanted at Harpers Ferry.�
      There are
      probably other examples in other letter sets. I just happen to be more
      with the 37th NCT.
      Kindest Regards,
      North Carolina and the Civil War blog
      2010-11 North Carolina Historian of the Year


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