Re: [TalkAntietam] McClellan's after action reports
Off the top of my head, and without sources to look at, I think Rafuse discusses both to some extent. Carman refers to both, but does not go into them in any depth. My view is that the second one, which Carman calls his "elaborate" report, was written after he was relieved and is much more self-justifying. He also suggests that his plan was exactly how the battle worked out and I don't believe that at all.
Thomas G. Clemens D.A.
Professor of History
Hagerstown Community College
>>> Stephen Recker <recker@...> 01/31/07 5:59 PM >>>Hello,
Where would you look for the best discussion of McClellan's Antietam
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- I think this is amazing. It sure isn't talked about much.
On Thursday, February 1, 2007, at 08:54 PM, Tom Shay wrote:
> Harsh explains the westward movements of I Corps on page 351. Here are
> two excerpts pertaining to this topic:
> "....Meade turned left into the open country, but the contours of the
> ground carried him southwest, rather than south, and the lead brigade
> under Truman Seymour eventually struck the Smoketown Road".
> "Instead of turning left and filling the interval to the creek,
> Doubleday's division continued westward."