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RE: [TalkAntietam] McClellan has the 'fasts'

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  • Jeff Beckner (PWC Magazine)
    Mac as a bulldozer....this was in the fiction section, right? ... From: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com [mailto:TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Stephen
    Message 1 of 90 , Jul 11, 2005
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      Mac as a bulldozer....this was in the fiction section, right?

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      From: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com [mailto:TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com]
      On Behalf Of Stephen Recker
      Sent: Saturday, July 09, 2005 4:34 PM
      To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [TalkAntietam] McClellan has the 'fasts'

      I started reading Rafuses' new McClellan book and must say I am
      enjoying it. It is almost as if he is taking a contrarian view toward
      every negative story about Mac in the Maryland Campaign.

      Having just read Harsh's 'Taken at the Flood' for a second time, it is
      refreshing now to read the Maryland Campaign from where Mac stood. The
      strange thing, though, is that although Rafuse borrows liberally from
      Harsh, the story about Mac seems completely different. It is although
      Rafuse's Mac is a bulldozer, relentlessly running after the fleeing
      Confederates. Sure makes for gripping reading.

      Stephen Recker





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    • Jeff Beckner (PWC Magazine)
      OK. Thanks. ... From: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com [mailto:TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Thomas Clemens Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2005 2:35 PM To:
      Message 90 of 90 , Jul 12, 2005
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        OK. Thanks.

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        From: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com [mailto:TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com]
        On Behalf Of Thomas Clemens
        Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2005 2:35 PM
        To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: RE: [TalkAntietam] McClellan has the 'fasts'

        I read the book too, and thought the mention of the K-N Act was
        tangental to the theme. Rafuse was discussing McClellan's shift from a
        tradtional Whig to a Douglas Democrat, and IIRC, Jim wanted a discussion
        of the inconsistency of that shift due to Douglas' sponsoring of the K-N
        Act. Rafuse does talk about it later, in the context of Lincoln, but it
        cannot be fairly said that Rafuse ignores or leaves it out. It just was
        not as emphasized as Jim thought it should be. Fair criticism, but not
        an indictment of the author.

        Thomas G. Clemens D.A.
        Professor of History
        Hagerstown Community College


        >>> jbeckner@... 07/12/05 10:53 AM >>>
        OK....are they dealt with in any detail? One of Jim's criticisms (he
        READ the book, you know) was that Rafuse didn't raise some questions on
        some topics that probably should have been raised.




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