769Re: [TalkAntietam] Mansfield's route
- Jul 14, 2002Gerry,
I'm not sure just how much information Hooker had conveyed to Mansfield,
perhaps some of the others can shed more light on this. But I do have some
information regarding timing that might be of interest; BG Alpheus Williams
(now commanding XII Corps) states in his report "While the deployment was
going on, and before the leading regiments were fully engaged, it was
reported to me that the veteran and distinguished commander of the corps was
mortally wounded. I at once reported to Major-General Hooker on the field,
took from him such direction as the pressing exigencies would permit, and
hastened to make a disposition of the corps to meet them".
Williams doesn't mention anything about Hooker having been wounded. From the
NPS maps, Mansfield reached the "deployment" area at about 8:00 so
Mansfield's wounding may have happened between 8:00 and 8:30.
Hooker in his report states, "While my wound was being examined by the
surgeon, Sumner's corps appeared on the field on my immediate right, and I
have an indistinct recollection of having seen Sedgwick's division pass to
the front." Since Sumner entered the West Woods at about 9:00 it would be
possible that the two commanders were wounded within the same half hour.
Given the "exigencies" Williams referred to, unless Hooker and Mansfield met
or communicated earlier, it doesn't look like there was much time for
coordination at the corps level once the battle started.
----- Original Message -----
From: "NJ Rebel" <gerry1952@...>
Sent: Sunday, July 14, 2002 9:06 PM
Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Mansfield's route
> Todd, Paula, Ron and all,
> Correct me if I am mistaken, but I seem to recall reading at one
> point or another that by the time Mansfield actually had his XII
> Corps on the field Joe Hooker had already been wounded and was,
> unfortunately, out of the tactical situation and thereby unable
> to inform Mansfield of the actual situation.
> Your humble servant,
> Gerry Mayers
> Pvt., CS Signals,
> Longstreet's Corps
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