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  • Brian Downey
    Greetings listers, I ve been re-reading and posting lots of Antietam reports from the ORs lately (http://aotw.org/exhibit.php?exhibit_id=OR_index), and have
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 10, 2003
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      Greetings listers,

      I've been re-reading and posting lots of Antietam reports from the ORs
      lately (http://aotw.org/exhibit.php?exhibit_id=OR_index), and have
      been struck especially by a few. The text quoted below, written in
      October 1862, really gets to me - mostly because it looks at first
      glance to be typical 19th Century melodrama, but actually may be
      indicative of much more ...

      "In the beginning of the month of September the safety of the National
      Capital was seriously endangered by the presence of a victorious
      enemy, who soon after crossed into Maryland and then directly
      threatened Washington and Baltimore, while they occupied the soil of a
      loyal State and threatened an invasion of Pennsylvania."

      "The army of the Union, inferior in numbers, wearied by long marches,
      deficient in various supplies, worn out by numerous battles, the last
      of which had not been successful, first covered by its movements the
      important cities of Washington and Baltimore, then boldly attacked the
      victorious enemy in their chosen strong position and drove them back,
      with all their superiority of numbers, into the State of Virginia,
      thus saving the loyal States from invasion and rudely dispelling the
      rebel dreams of carrying the war into our country and subsisting upon
      our resources."

      "Thirteen guns and thirty-nine colors, more than 15,000 stand of
      small-arms, and more than 6,000 prisoners were the trophies which
      attest the success of our arms."

      What do you think of it?

      Brian
    • NJ Rebel
      Dear Brian, Your quote sounds almost like something George B. McClellan would write, IMHO........... Very respectfully, Your humble and obdt. Servant, G. E.
      Message 2 of 2 , Oct 11, 2003
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        Dear Brian,

        Your quote sounds almost like something George B. McClellan
        would write, IMHO...........

        Very respectfully,
        Your humble and obdt. Servant,
        G. E. (Gerry) Mayers,
        Private,
        Confederate Signal Corps,
        Longstreet's Corps

        A Proud American by Birth, Southern by Choice!

        "I know of no fitter resting-place for a soldier than the
        field on which he has nobly laid down his
        ." --General Robert Edward Lee


        ----- Original Message -----
        From: "Brian Downey" <bdowney@...>
        To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Friday, October 10, 2003 8:02 PM
        Subject: [TalkAntietam] What does this say about the author?


        > Greetings listers,
        >
        > I've been re-reading and posting lots of Antietam reports
        from the ORs
        > lately (http://aotw.org/exhibit.php?exhibit_id=OR_index),
        and have
        > been struck especially by a few. The text quoted below,
        written in
        > October 1862, really gets to me - mostly because it looks
        at first
        > glance to be typical 19th Century melodrama, but actually
        may be
        > indicative of much more ...
        >
        > "In the beginning of the month of September the safety of
        the National
        > Capital was seriously endangered by the presence of a
        victorious
        > enemy, who soon after crossed into Maryland and then
        directly
        > threatened Washington and Baltimore, while they occupied
        the soil of a
        > loyal State and threatened an invasion of Pennsylvania."
        >
        > "The army of the Union, inferior in numbers, wearied by
        long marches,
        > deficient in various supplies, worn out by numerous
        battles, the last
        > of which had not been successful, first covered by its
        movements the
        > important cities of Washington and Baltimore, then boldly
        attacked the
        > victorious enemy in their chosen strong position and drove
        them back,
        > with all their superiority of numbers, into the State of
        Virginia,
        > thus saving the loyal States from invasion and rudely
        dispelling the
        > rebel dreams of carrying the war into our country and
        subsisting upon
        > our resources."
        >
        > "Thirteen guns and thirty-nine colors, more than 15,000
        stand of
        > small-arms, and more than 6,000 prisoners were the
        trophies which
        > attest the success of our arms."
        >
        > What do you think of it?
        >
        > Brian
        >
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