Re: re Moxley Sorrel and September 16th (Night)
- Carman does not give a source for his JD statements but it is clear from Carman and Hopkins "The Little Jeff" that the JDL was not anyone's HQ guard. As you state, Capt. James Doby's Independent Company, South Carolina Guards was Longstreet's guard.
Hopkins give quite a detailed account of the JDL on the 16th/17th. The night of the 15/16th, it bivouacked about nine miles outside of Shepherdstown somewhere in Va. On the 16th, the JDL crossed the Potomac near Sharpsburg about 4 P.M. and moved to the Conf. left to support Jackson but after being in line to do so, they had to move due to Union artillery fire. Well after dark, they bivouacked near the Sharpsburg/Shepherstown Pike. Hopkins then quotes Sorrel then also quotes Private Shields of Company F recalling the stampede. All but two of the company's horses fled. Stuart with all his aides and couriers formed across the Pike but could do little.
Before sunrise on the 17th, the JDL was awake preparing breakfast which was interrupted by Yankee artillery fire. The JDL was to Jackson's right separated from the rest of Stuart's cavalry. The rest of the day on the 17th they were gathering up stragglers and rejoined Hampton about midnight.
Wert in "General James Longstreet" said that Longstreet and Hill established their HQ in the farmhouse of Henry and Elizabeth Piper on the 15th. After breakfast with them on the 16th, he rode his lines then met with Lee. Wert mentions the stampede incident saying that it happened at Longstreet's bivouac at the Piper farm but that it was artillery horses. This makes more sense since the JDL was not at the Piper Farm. Also, Stuart and his staff were on the Shepherdstown Pike trying to catch the horses not on the Sharpsburg-Hagerstown Pike.
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, Dean Essig <d.essig@...> wrote:
> OK... Preist quotes Sorrel and expands it to be in the West Woods.
> Meaning we really don't know and Dave's theory about HQ guard is
> still possible (begging the question of where is the Dolby Cav during
> And we still don't know where Longstreet was, although based on
> McLaws' report, he did run into Longstreet either in town or near
> Cemetery Hill before dawn on the 17th while looking for orders.
- 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
> > .
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