I think McClellan is talking about a commission in the Regular Army, not volunteers where he was already a Major General. These weresomewhat limited, and he did get it, ranking from Sept. 20, 1862 (Heitman & Eicher confirm this date). Warner, however, says he got the BG commission earlier, so it may be that he is wrong.
Thomas G. Clemens D.A.
Professor of History
Hagerstown Community College
>>> "Dave" <gewehr@...> 09/30/08 8:51 PM >>>
You are correct, I read it wrong. He was to get Mansfield's BG commission.
Here is the wording from the OR:
As a slight expression of what I think you merit, I have requested that the
brigadier-general's commission rendered vacant by Mansfield's death may be
given to you. I will this evening write a private note to the President on
the subject, and I am glad to assure you that, so far as I can learn, it is
the universal feeling of the army that you are the most deserving in it.
Did they only have so many BG slots to go around? Wouldn't every corps
commander be a BG or higher?
Behalf Of G E Mayers
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 7:40 PM
Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Interesting discovery re Mac at Antietam
Wait. Wasn't Hooker already in command of First Corps? Why would
he want Mansfield's former Corps?
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
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Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Interesting discovery re Mac at
> Harsh reports in TATF on page 440 that it was dysentery, a
> "severe case"
> which had "plagued him since his days in the Mexican War". Mac
> his wife regarding this, and Hooker as well in the OR: XIX/1
> pg 219.
> It hit him on the 18th, he was still sick on the 20th when he
> Hooker. Same note where he promised Hooker Mansfield's
> G E Mayers wrote:
>> While re reading Joe Harsh's Taken at the Flood (TATF), page
>> about the battle of Antietam, I came across the following very
>> interesting note about Mac immediately after the battle,
>> specifically September 18-21 period:
>> "Lee's precipitous retreat indicated to McClellan that the
>> Federal attacks on the 17th--the effects of which had been in
>> doubt--had indeed crippled the Confederate army. "Our victory
>> complete," he telegraphed to Halleck. "The enemy is driven
>> into Virginia."(70) Too ill to mount a horse, the Federal
>> commander climbed into an ambulance and rode through
>> and toward the Potomac to reconnoiter. During his hour's ride
>> confronted the critical question of how he would respond to
>> The sentence in bold face is the sentence that caught me by
>> surprise. This makes me wonder what Mac's health was on
>> 17th. Also, was the illness a recurrence of the typhoid fever
>> which laid him lower on at least two or three earlier
>> in 1862?
>> Any thoughts, comments, &c???
>> Yr. Obt. Svt.
>> G E "Gerry" Mayers
>> To Be A Virginian, either by birth, marriage, adoption, or
>> 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
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