I am aware of Lee's own citations but would be interested in
citations from others, especially the Chief Medical Director.
Yr. Obt. Svt.
G E "Gerry" Mayers
To Be A Virginian, either by birth, marriage, adoption, or even
on one's mother's side, is an introduction to any state in the
Union, a passport to any foreign country, and a benediction from
the Almighty God. --Anonymous
----- Original Message -----
From: "eighth_conn_inf" <eighth_conn_inf@...>
Sent: Friday, September 26, 2008 12:55 PM
Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: Lee's retreat order
More on Lee's injuries:
Lee's abilities to participate in some of the activities which
have helped him understand what McClellan was up to were hampered
injury. He had incurred sprained and broken wrists on 31 August
fall which limited his mobility and therefore his ability to
the army especially during the battle at Antietam. He rode in an
ambulance from that time to 16 September when he was able to
his horse and be led by an aide. It took some six weeks before
could even sign his name. In a letter to his wife on Oct. 12 he
that "My hands are improving slowly, and, with my left hand, I am
able to dress and undress myself, which is a great comfort. My
is becoming of some assistance, too, though it is still swollen
sometimes painful. The bandages have been removed. I am now able
sign my name. It has been six weeks to-day since I was unjured,
have at last discarded the sling."
See Harsh TATF pg. 476 fn 126 referencing Lee Jr. "Recollections
Letters of General Robert E. Lee, by His Son."
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "G E Mayers" <gerry1952@...>
> Dear Teej,
> It would be interesting to read the letter herein and also to
> determine how long it took for Lee's hands/arms to finally
> Yr. Obt. Svt.
> G E "Gerry" Mayers
> To Be A Virginian, either by birth, marriage, adoption, or even
> on one's mother's side, is an introduction to any state in the
> Union, a passport to any foreign country, and a benediction
> the Almighty God. --Anonymous
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "barringer63" <teej@...>
> To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2008 3:03 PM
> Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: Lee's retreat order
> Gerry Mayers wrote:
> > Tom,
> > Great! Now, if we can only find sources that talk about Lee's
> > health during the entire campaign and particularly during the
> > South Mountain crisis.
> Avery Craven who edited the small book on Lee's letters to
> Markie Williams noted that Lee did not write Ms. Williams
> war but actually he did, at least once anyway. I'm out of town
> don't have the letter in front of me but IIRC, it was written
> early to mid-October. He told Markie about the accident and
> that he still had to use a sling so a secretary had to handle
> his correspondence for him.