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Re: [TalkAntietam] McClellan's after action reports

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  • RoteBaron@comcast.net
    I recall Harsh explaining that Mac s initial plan was to have Hooker cross the creek and essentially have that force s left flank hug the Antietam as it
    Message 1 of 35 , Feb 1, 2007
      I recall Harsh explaining that Mac's initial plan was to have Hooker cross the creek and essentially have that force's left flank hug the Antietam as it advanced south. The intent was to hit the angle (where Sunken Rd bends to west). Attacking at this angle would avoid a frontal attack on any massed artillery at this portion of line. It would also lead to uncovering of Middle Bridge for Sumner and Porter.

      However, the initial plan went awry when Hooker's force headed southwest at Hoffman Farm.

      Of course, I'd advise seeing TAF for the exact text.

      Tom Shay

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      From: Stephen Recker <recker@...>

      Thanks for the note. I got this from his August report:

      My plan for the impending general engagement was to attack the enemy's
      left with the corps of Hooker and Mansfield, supported by Sumner's and,
      if necessary, by Franklin's, and, as soon as matters looked favorably
      there, to move the corps of Burnside against the enemy's extreme right,
      upon the ridge running to the south and rear of Sharpsburg, and, having
      carried their position, to press along the crest toward our right, and,
      whenever either of these flank movements should be successful, to
      advance our center with all the forces then disposable.

      Two points. First, I certainly agree that this is not how it unfolded.
      Franklin was necessary, but not used. The move to the center never

      Second, I seem to remember reading somewhere in Harsh about McClellan
      having seen the salient at the Sunken Road, where the tower is, as
      being the main point he wished to attack. I don't remember it being
      footnoted, and remember thinking that it was the first place that I had
      heard that.


      On Thursday, February 1, 2007, at 09:10 AM, Thomas Clemens wrote:

      > Steve,
      > 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.

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    • Stephen Recker
      I think this is amazing. It sure isn t talked about much. Stephen
      Message 35 of 35 , Feb 1, 2007
        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."
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