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Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: Lee's retreat order

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  • G E Mayers
    Dear Larry, 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
    Message 1 of 10 , Sep 28, 2008
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      Dear Larry,

      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@...>
      To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      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
      might
      have helped him understand what McClellan was up to were hampered
      by
      injury. He had incurred sprained and broken wrists on 31 August
      in a
      fall which limited his mobility and therefore his ability to
      command
      the army especially during the battle at Antietam. He rode in an
      ambulance from that time to 16 September when he was able to
      mount
      his horse and be led by an aide. It took some six weeks before
      Lee
      could even sign his name. In a letter to his wife on Oct. 12 he
      said
      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
      right
      is becoming of some assistance, too, though it is still swollen
      and
      sometimes painful. The bandages have been removed. I am now able
      to
      sign my name. It has been six weeks to-day since I was unjured,
      and I
      have at last discarded the sling."

      See Harsh TATF pg. 476 fn 126 referencing Lee Jr. "Recollections
      and
      Letters of General Robert E. Lee, by His Son."

      Larry F.

      --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "G E Mayers" <gerry1952@...>
      wrote:
      >
      > 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
      > heal.
      >
      > 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: "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
      > during
      > the
      > war but actually he did, at least once anyway. I'm out of town
      > so
      > I
      > don't have the letter in front of me but IIRC, it was written
      > in
      > early to mid-October. He told Markie about the accident and
      > noted
      > that he still had to use a sling so a secretary had to handle
      > all
      > of
      > his correspondence for him.
      >
      > Regards,
      > Teej
      > >
      >
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