Re: re Moxley Sorrel and September 16th (Night)
I think the reason it doesn't jibe is that the JDL wasn't with Hampton at HF according to Carman. In some previous posts here, there was a discussion of where the JD was and what it did. It was on semi-detached duty according to Carman:
"When Hampton's cavalry brigade marched from Burkittsville on the morning of September 14, part of
it went along the east base of South Mountain to Knoxville, on the Potomac, and picketed the roads leading to Berlin and
Frederick. Two regiments crossed Brownsville Gap into Pleasant Valley. One of these, the Jeff Davis Legion, with Hart's Battery
of six guns, was placed at Solomon's Gap in Elk Ridge. Colonel Martin, commanding the regiment, threw out pickets
in the direction of the Potomac; some of these were encountered and brushed away by the Union cavalry about 10:00 p.m.,
as it neared the bridge spanning the Antietam near its mouth. This information was quickly carried to Martin, who was
surprised at news of an enemy in that direction, and, after a hasty conference with some of his officers, the conclusion was reached that McClellan's left wing had interposed between Jackson's forces besieging Harper's Ferry and the Confederates
at Turner's Gap, Boonsboro, and Hagerstown.
Martin did not know the result of the day's fighting at South Mountain, and, as his scouts reported a large Union force
south and west, he decided to fall back toward Hagerstown and quickly set out in that direction, throwing scouts on the
cross-roads to the left, which reported the Union column (the cavalry from Harper's Ferry) moving parallel to him up the
Here is something from Carman about the JDL on the 16th:
"After a short pursuit past the burning wagons, Martin withdrew to Williamsport, crossed the Potomac, went down the Virginia side, recrossed the river at Shepherdstown Ford
on the afternoon of the sixteenth, and rejoined his brigade at Sharpsburg on the seventeenth."
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, Dean Essig <d.essig@...> wrote:
> Hi Gerry!
> The Jeff Davis Legion (and the rest of Hampton's Cavalry Brigade) is
> following McLaws up from Harpers Ferry screening the march.
> This doesn't jive with Priest and makes Sorrel's story improbable.
> I'd welcome the correction if my info is wrong.
> On Apr 3, 2009, at 9:07 AM, G E Mayers wrote:
> > 1. Where was the Jeff Davis Legion posted/encamped the night of
> > September 16? (According to Priest, the Jeff Davis Legion was in
> > the West Woods; he places Sorrel and the rest of Longstreet's
> > staff in the West Woods also.)
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- And we can't forget the raincoat Stonewall had on the night he was shot; it is at the VMI museum and a picture is on their website. It has the two bullet holes in the left sleeve.
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, Dave <gewehr@...> wrote:
> For what it's worth, even though it was very early in the war, when CSA
> Gen Felix Zollicoffer was killed in the battle of Mill Springs in KY on
> Jan 19, 1862, he was wearing either a "white rubber" or "light drab
> overcoat buttoned to the chin." Due to the rain and hanging smoke, he
> managed to ride right through the Federal lines unmolested and was only
> shot when he spoke to a US officer on his way back out. One of the
> accounts said that a US Lt. Col was wearing a similar coat, so nobody
> thought anything about it.
> Dave McGowan
> Thomas Clemens wrote:
> > To parse terms with you for a moment, officers purchase all of their
> > own clothing and equipment and although guidelines are published, a
> > certain lattitude is in what they wear and use. Lee's talma and
> > overalls were likely rubberized and privately purchased. Jackson was
> > wearing a rubberized coat when he was shot.
> > Thomas G. Clemens D.A.
> > Professor of History
> > Hagerstown Community College
> > >>> "Teej Smith" <teej@... <mailto:teej%40nc.rr.com>> 04/04/09
> > 1:01 PM >>>
> > Larry wrote:
> > Teej,
> > I see only Sorrel mentioning this--do you have other sources
> > mentioning raingear?
> > Sorry, no I don't. In fact the only other place I've "over-alls"
> > mentioned was in connection with a Union soldier at Ball's Bluff.
> > Sorrel wrote, "It had rained and he (Lee) was wearing a rubber poncho
> > and over-alls, his body and legs being thus well protected." I suppose
> > they could be the canvas wear you described in your message but that
> > wouldn't be much protection from the rain. But perhaps from the mud?
> > Whatever they were, they must have been loose fitting because later
> > Sorrel wrote that while reaching for his bridle, Lee "tripped in his
> > over-alls and fell forward, not prone, but catching on his hands."
> > Sorrel then went on to describe the nature of Lee's injuries and to
> > note word of his being hurt reached the Northern newspapers which went
> > into great detail as to the nature of his injury. Their report was Lee
> > had been seriously wounded and even went so far as to describe how Lee
> > received his wound. Would like to see that newspaper report. Sorrel
> > confirmed Lee was able to ride a little by the time of Antietam.
> > However, I have seen a letter written by Lee in April 1863 in which he
> > said he was still having problems with one of his hands.
> > Regards,
> > Teej
> > .
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]