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  • eighth_conn_inf
    All, Brig Gen. John Buford was selected by McClellan on 10 September to be his administrative chief of cavalry with Pleasonton commanding in the field. Buford
    Message 1 of 7 , Apr 22, 2009
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      All,

      Brig Gen. John Buford was selected by McClellan on 10 September to be his administrative chief of cavalry with Pleasonton commanding in the field. Buford had little to do perhaps other than hurrying units forward to Pleasonton and getting supplies to him as Buford remained in McClellan's headquarters. Buford, who, on 30 August, had been hit below the knee by a spent bullet, was likely anxious to again confront Robertson's Rebel troopers who had bested him in that cavalry battle at Second Bull Run. But there is no official record of Buford in the field during the Maryland Campaign despite one report that Buford was in charge of the cavalry at South Mountain on 14 September. That reference is Edward G. Longacre, "General John Buford: A Military Biography," 115-116, citing Myles Keogh, "Etat de Service of Major Genl Jno. Buford from his promotion to Brig Genl to his death" [p. 2], MS in Special Collections, USMA Library.

      The next question concerns Capt. Elon Farnsworth and his participation in a skirmish on 7 September. On that date, a squadron of the Fifth Virginia Cavalry was attacked at Poolesville by Maj. George H. Chapman, commander of the Third Indiana, leading two squadrons of the Eighth Illinois Cavalry and two squadrons of the Third Indiana Cavalry; he recaptured Poolesville taking two Rebels prisoner along with one horse with its saddle and equipment and sending the rest fleeing towards Barnesville. The regimental historian of the 8th Illinois Cavalry, Abner Hard, said that Capt. Farnsworth led the charge and doesn't mention Chapman. Records show, however that Farnsworth was the assistant quartermaster of the IV Corps during this time having previously served in the Eighth Illinois Cavalry. It is possible that since that corps was in the general area and given the fluid situation, that Capt. Farnsworth did command the attack or at least the two squadrons of the Eighth, and that Pleasonton did not mention this as Farnsworth was not under his command.

      Carman does not mention Capt. Farnsworth but goes with Pleasonton's 19 September OR report. Has anyone more info on these events other than the OR reports of Pleasonton, Stuart, Hampton, and Munford? Pickerill's regimental history of the Third Indiana is of no help as he quotes Pleasonton's report of the 19th.

      Larry
    • Thomas Clemens
      Larry, I am away from home right now and will check some files when I get there. Eric Wittenburg has a great account of Buford @ Antietam. he told it to me,
      Message 2 of 7 , Apr 22, 2009
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        Larry,
        I am away from home right now and will check some files when I get there. Eric Wittenburg has a great account of Buford @ Antietam. he told it to me, and I do not have the citation stuff, so it is better to deal with him directly. If you do not know him, I can ask him for you.
        I am just now getting some of the stuff from NYPL today, more will follow in a few weeks, including the letter from Hart. Supt. Howard has quite generously agreed to pay for microfilming three boxes of correspondence, much of which is not in the files at Antietam. But it takes 6 - 8 weeks. :-(
        There is another letter from Hart, less complete, in the NA Antietam Studies papers. I can give you hard copy of send you a scan, your choice.



        Dr. Thomas G. Clemens
        Professor of History
        Hagerstown Community College




        >>> "eighth_conn_inf" <eighth_conn_inf@...> 4/22/2009 11:30 AM >>>




        All,

        Brig Gen. John Buford was selected by McClellan on 10 September to be his administrative chief of cavalry with Pleasonton commanding in the field. Buford had little to do perhaps other than hurrying units forward to Pleasonton and getting supplies to him as Buford remained in McClellan's headquarters. Buford, who, on 30 August, had been hit below the knee by a spent bullet, was likely anxious to again confront Robertson's Rebel troopers who had bested him in that cavalry battle at Second Bull Run. But there is no official record of Buford in the field during the Maryland Campaign despite one report that Buford was in charge of the cavalry at South Mountain on 14 September. That reference is Edward G. Longacre, "General John Buford: A Military Biography," 115-116, citing Myles Keogh, "Etat de Service of Major Genl Jno. Buford from his promotion to Brig Genl to his death" [p. 2], MS in Special Collections, USMA Library.

        The next question concerns Capt. Elon Farnsworth and his participation in a skirmish on 7 September. On that date, a squadron of the Fifth Virginia Cavalry was attacked at Poolesville by Maj. George H. Chapman, commander of the Third Indiana, leading two squadrons of the Eighth Illinois Cavalry and two squadrons of the Third Indiana Cavalry; he recaptured Poolesville taking two Rebels prisoner along with one horse with its saddle and equipment and sending the rest fleeing towards Barnesville. The regimental historian of the 8th Illinois Cavalry, Abner Hard, said that Capt. Farnsworth led the charge and doesn't mention Chapman. Records show, however that Farnsworth was the assistant quartermaster of the IV Corps during this time having previously served in the Eighth Illinois Cavalry. It is possible that since that corps was in the general area and given the fluid situation, that Capt. Farnsworth did command the attack or at least the two squadrons of the Eighth, and that Plea sonton did not mention this as Farnsworth was not under his command.

        Carman does not mention Capt. Farnsworth but goes with Pleasonton's 19 September OR report. Has anyone more info on these events other than the OR reports of Pleasonton, Stuart, Hampton, and Munford? Pickerill's regimental history of the Third Indiana is of no help as he quotes Pleasonton's report of the 19th.

        Larry




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      • Larry Freiheit
        Tom,   I don t know Eric personally; I was on one of his tours with JD and I do read his blog. I did not see a contact e-mail on his blog. Can you give me his
        Message 3 of 7 , Apr 22, 2009
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          Tom,
           
          I don't know Eric personally; I was on one of his tours with JD and I do read his blog. I did not see a contact e-mail on his blog. Can you give me his e-mail address unless you think he would be more likely to reply to you vice me?
           
          Excellent news re the NYPL materials! I look forward to seeing them. I guess it will wind up in Ted Alexander's library at Antietam?
           
          Are you referring to Hard the author of the 8th Illinois Cav history or is the "Hart" letter in reference to something else? I eventually will go again to Ted's library so I could see the letter there I guess.
           
          Thanks,
          Larry

          --- On Wed, 4/22/09, Thomas Clemens <clemenst@...> wrote:


          From: Thomas Clemens <clemenst@...>
          Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Buford and Farnsworth in Action?
          To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
          Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 1:27 PM








          Larry,
          I am away from home right now and will check some files when I get there. Eric Wittenburg has a great account of Buford @ Antietam. he told it to me, and I do not have the citation stuff, so it is better to deal with him directly. If you do not know him, I can ask him for you.
          I am just now getting some of the stuff from NYPL today, more will follow in a few weeks, including the letter from Hart. Supt. Howard has quite generously agreed to pay for microfilming three boxes of correspondence, much of which is not in the files at Antietam. But it takes 6 - 8 weeks. :-(
          There is another letter from Hart, less complete, in the NA Antietam Studies papers. I can give you hard copy of send you a scan, your choice.



          Dr. Thomas G. Clemens
          Professor of History
          Hagerstown Community College




          >>> "eighth_conn_ inf" <eighth_conn_ inf@yahoo. com> 4/22/2009 11:30 AM >>>




          All,

          Brig Gen. John Buford was selected by McClellan on 10 September to be his administrative chief of cavalry with Pleasonton commanding in the field. Buford had little to do perhaps other than hurrying units forward to Pleasonton and getting supplies to him as Buford remained in McClellan's headquarters. Buford, who, on 30 August, had been hit below the knee by a spent bullet, was likely anxious to again confront Robertson's Rebel troopers who had bested him in that cavalry battle at Second Bull Run. But there is no official record of Buford in the field during the Maryland Campaign despite one report that Buford was in charge of the cavalry at South Mountain on 14 September. That reference is Edward G. Longacre, "General John Buford: A Military Biography," 115-116, citing Myles Keogh, "Etat de Service of Major Genl Jno. Buford from his promotion to Brig Genl to his death" [p. 2], MS in Special Collections, USMA Library.

          The next question concerns Capt. Elon Farnsworth and his participation in a skirmish on 7 September. On that date, a squadron of the Fifth Virginia Cavalry was attacked at Poolesville by Maj. George H. Chapman, commander of the Third Indiana, leading two squadrons of the Eighth Illinois Cavalry and two squadrons of the Third Indiana Cavalry; he recaptured Poolesville taking two Rebels prisoner along with one horse with its saddle and equipment and sending the rest fleeing towards Barnesville. The regimental historian of the 8th Illinois Cavalry, Abner Hard, said that Capt. Farnsworth led the charge and doesn't mention Chapman. Records show, however that Farnsworth was the assistant quartermaster of the IV Corps during this time having previously served in the Eighth Illinois Cavalry. It is possible that since that corps was in the general area and given the fluid situation, that Capt. Farnsworth did command the attack or at least the two squadrons of the
          Eighth, and that Plea sonton did not mention this as Farnsworth was not under his command.

          Carman does not mention Capt. Farnsworth but goes with Pleasonton's 19 September OR report. Has anyone more info on these events other than the OR reports of Pleasonton, Stuart, Hampton, and Munford? Pickerill's regimental history of the Third Indiana is of no help as he quotes Pleasonton's report of the 19th.

          Larry



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        • Thomas Clemens
          Hart and the SC horse art battery that accompanied the Jeff Davis Legion. Mentioned this a while back. I ll look for Farnsworth & 8 IL ... Tom, I don t know
          Message 4 of 7 , Apr 22, 2009
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            Hart and the SC horse art battery that accompanied the Jeff Davis Legion. Mentioned this a while back. I'll look for Farnsworth & 8 IL

            >>> Larry Freiheit <eighth_conn_inf@...> 04/22/09 3:38 PM >>>
            Tom,

            I don't know Eric personally; I was on one of his tours with JD and I do read his blog. I did not see a contact e-mail on his blog. Can you give me his e-mail address unless you think he would be more likely to reply to you vice me?

            Excellent news re the NYPL materials! I look forward to seeing them. I guess it will wind up in Ted Alexander's library at Antietam?

            Are you referring to Hard the author of the 8th Illinois Cav history or is the "Hart" letter in reference to something else? I eventually will go again to Ted's library so I could see the letter there I guess.

            Thanks,
            Larry

            --- On Wed, 4/22/09, Thomas Clemens <clemenst@...> wrote:


            From: Thomas Clemens <clemenst@...>
            Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Buford and Farnsworth in Action?
            To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
            Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 1:27 PM








            Larry,
            I am away from home right now and will check some files when I get there. Eric Wittenburg has a great account of Buford @ Antietam. he told it to me, and I do not have the citation stuff, so it is better to deal with him directly. If you do not know him, I can ask him for you.
            I am just now getting some of the stuff from NYPL today, more will follow in a few weeks, including the letter from Hart. Supt. Howard has quite generously agreed to pay for microfilming three boxes of correspondence, much of which is not in the files at Antietam. But it takes 6 - 8 weeks. :-(
            There is another letter from Hart, less complete, in the NA Antietam Studies papers. I can give you hard copy of send you a scan, your choice.



            Dr. Thomas G. Clemens
            Professor of History
            Hagerstown Community College




            >>> "eighth_conn_ inf" <eighth_conn_ inf@yahoo. com> 4/22/2009 11:30 AM >>>




            All,

            Brig Gen. John Buford was selected by McClellan on 10 September to be his administrative chief of cavalry with Pleasonton commanding in the field. Buford had little to do perhaps other than hurrying units forward to Pleasonton and getting supplies to him as Buford remained in McClellan's headquarters. Buford, who, on 30 August, had been hit below the knee by a spent bullet, was likely anxious to again confront Robertson's Rebel troopers who had bested him in that cavalry battle at Second Bull Run. But there is no official record of Buford in the field during the Maryland Campaign despite one report that Buford was in charge of the cavalry at South Mountain on 14 September. That reference is Edward G. Longacre, "General John Buford: A Military Biography," 115-116, citing Myles Keogh, "Etat de Service of Major Genl Jno. Buford from his promotion to Brig Genl to his death" [p. 2], MS in Special Collections, USMA Library.

            The next question concerns Capt. Elon Farnsworth and his participation in a skirmish on 7 September. On that date, a squadron of the Fifth Virginia Cavalry was attacked at Poolesville by Maj. George H. Chapman, commander of the Third Indiana, leading two squadrons of the Eighth Illinois Cavalry and two squadrons of the Third Indiana Cavalry; he recaptured Poolesville taking two Rebels prisoner along with one horse with its saddle and equipment and sending the rest fleeing towards Barnesville. The regimental historian of the 8th Illinois Cavalry, Abner Hard, said that Capt. Farnsworth led the charge and doesn't mention Chapman. Records show, however that Farnsworth was the assistant quartermaster of the IV Corps during this time having previously served in the Eighth Illinois Cavalry. It is possible that since that corps was in the general area and given the fluid situation, that Capt. Farnsworth did command the attack or at least the two squadrons of the
            Eighth, and that Plea sonton did not mention this as Farnsworth was not under his command.

            Carman does not mention Capt. Farnsworth but goes with Pleasonton's 19 September OR report. Has anyone more info on these events other than the OR reports of Pleasonton, Stuart, Hampton, and Munford? Pickerill's regimental history of the Third Indiana is of no help as he quotes Pleasonton's report of the 19th.

            Larry



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          • G E Mayers
            Larry; Eric Wittenberg s email address: eric@rushslancers.com . If that one does not work, try eric@ewittenberglaw.com . I know Eric and JD personally, as well
            Message 5 of 7 , Apr 22, 2009
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              Larry;

              Eric Wittenberg's email address: eric@... . If that
              one does not work, try eric@... . I know Eric and
              JD personally, as well as having met Mike Nugent... if the three
              of them can not supply you with the information sought, it does
              not exist!

              Hope it helps?

              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: "Larry Freiheit" <eighth_conn_inf@...>
              To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
              Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 3:38 PM
              Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Buford and Farnsworth in Action?


              Tom,

              I don't know Eric personally; I was on one of his tours with JD
              and I do read his blog. I did not see a contact e-mail on his
              blog. Can you give me his e-mail address unless you think he
              would be more likely to reply to you vice me?

              Excellent news re the NYPL materials! I look forward to seeing
              them. I guess it will wind up in Ted Alexander's library at
              Antietam?

              Are you referring to Hard the author of the 8th Illinois Cav
              history or is the "Hart" letter in reference to something else? I
              eventually will go again to Ted's library so I could see the
              letter there I guess.

              Thanks,
              Larry

              --- On Wed, 4/22/09, Thomas Clemens <clemenst@...>
              wrote:


              From: Thomas Clemens <clemenst@...>
              Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Buford and Farnsworth in Action?
              To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
              Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 1:27 PM








              Larry,
              I am away from home right now and will check some files when I
              get there. Eric Wittenburg has a great account of Buford @
              Antietam. he told it to me, and I do not have the citation stuff,
              so it is better to deal with him directly. If you do not know
              him, I can ask him for you.
              I am just now getting some of the stuff from NYPL today, more
              will follow in a few weeks, including the letter from Hart. Supt.
              Howard has quite generously agreed to pay for microfilming three
              boxes of correspondence, much of which is not in the files at
              Antietam. But it takes 6 - 8 weeks. :-(
              There is another letter from Hart, less complete, in the NA
              Antietam Studies papers. I can give you hard copy of send you a
              scan, your choice.



              Dr. Thomas G. Clemens
              Professor of History
              Hagerstown Community College




              >>> "eighth_conn_ inf" <eighth_conn_ inf@yahoo. com> 4/22/2009
              >>> 11:30 AM >>>




              All,

              Brig Gen. John Buford was selected by McClellan on 10 September
              to be his administrative chief of cavalry with Pleasonton
              commanding in the field. Buford had little to do perhaps other
              than hurrying units forward to Pleasonton and getting supplies to
              him as Buford remained in McClellan's headquarters. Buford, who,
              on 30 August, had been hit below the knee by a spent bullet, was
              likely anxious to again confront Robertson's Rebel troopers who
              had bested him in that cavalry battle at Second Bull Run. But
              there is no official record of Buford in the field during the
              Maryland Campaign despite one report that Buford was in charge of
              the cavalry at South Mountain on 14 September. That reference is
              Edward G. Longacre, "General John Buford: A Military Biography,"
              115-116, citing Myles Keogh, "Etat de Service of Major Genl Jno.
              Buford from his promotion to Brig Genl to his death" [p. 2], MS
              in Special Collections, USMA Library.

              The next question concerns Capt. Elon Farnsworth and his
              participation in a skirmish on 7 September. On that date, a
              squadron of the Fifth Virginia Cavalry was attacked at
              Poolesville by Maj. George H. Chapman, commander of the Third
              Indiana, leading two squadrons of the Eighth Illinois Cavalry and
              two squadrons of the Third Indiana Cavalry; he recaptured
              Poolesville taking two Rebels prisoner along with one horse with
              its saddle and equipment and sending the rest fleeing towards
              Barnesville. The regimental historian of the 8th Illinois
              Cavalry, Abner Hard, said that Capt. Farnsworth led the charge
              and doesn't mention Chapman. Records show, however that
              Farnsworth was the assistant quartermaster of the IV Corps during
              this time having previously served in the Eighth Illinois
              Cavalry. It is possible that since that corps was in the general
              area and given the fluid situation, that Capt. Farnsworth did
              command the attack or at least the two squadrons of the
              Eighth, and that Plea sonton did not mention this as Farnsworth
              was not under his command.

              Carman does not mention Capt. Farnsworth but goes with
              Pleasonton's 19 September OR report. Has anyone more info on
              these events other than the OR reports of Pleasonton, Stuart,
              Hampton, and Munford? Pickerill's regimental history of the Third
              Indiana is of no help as he quotes Pleasonton's report of the
              19th.

              Larry



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            • eighth_conn_inf
              Knowing more about what Hart said would be great. I guess I will wait until you have the full letter from him; please let me know. Thanks
              Message 6 of 7 , Apr 22, 2009
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                Knowing more about what Hart said would be great. I guess I will wait until you have the full letter from him; please let me know.

                Thanks


                --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "Thomas Clemens" <clemenst@...> wrote:
                >
                > Hart and the SC horse art battery that accompanied the Jeff Davis Legion. Mentioned this a while back. I'll look for Farnsworth & 8 IL
                >
                > >>> Larry Freiheit <eighth_conn_inf@...> 04/22/09 3:38 PM >>>
                > Tom,
                >
                > I don't know Eric personally; I was on one of his tours with JD and I do read his blog. I did not see a contact e-mail on his blog. Can you give me his e-mail address unless you think he would be more likely to reply to you vice me?
                >
                > Excellent news re the NYPL materials! I look forward to seeing them. I guess it will wind up in Ted Alexander's library at Antietam?
                >
                > Are you referring to Hard the author of the 8th Illinois Cav history or is the "Hart" letter in reference to something else? I eventually will go again to Ted's library so I could see the letter there I guess.
                >
                > Thanks,
                > Larry
                >
                > --- On Wed, 4/22/09, Thomas Clemens <clemenst@...> wrote:
                >
                >
                > From: Thomas Clemens <clemenst@...>
                > Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Buford and Farnsworth in Action?
                > To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
                > Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 1:27 PM
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                > Larry,
                > I am away from home right now and will check some files when I get there. Eric Wittenburg has a great account of Buford @ Antietam. he told it to me, and I do not have the citation stuff, so it is better to deal with him directly. If you do not know him, I can ask him for you.
                > I am just now getting some of the stuff from NYPL today, more will follow in a few weeks, including the letter from Hart. Supt. Howard has quite generously agreed to pay for microfilming three boxes of correspondence, much of which is not in the files at Antietam. But it takes 6 - 8 weeks. :-(
                > There is another letter from Hart, less complete, in the NA Antietam Studies papers. I can give you hard copy of send you a scan, your choice.
                >
                >
                >
                > Dr. Thomas G. Clemens
                > Professor of History
                > Hagerstown Community College
                >
                >
                >
                >
                > >>> "eighth_conn_ inf" <eighth_conn_ inf@yahoo. com> 4/22/2009 11:30 AM >>>
                >
                >
                >
                >
                > All,
                >
                > Brig Gen. John Buford was selected by McClellan on 10 September to be his administrative chief of cavalry with Pleasonton commanding in the field. Buford had little to do perhaps other than hurrying units forward to Pleasonton and getting supplies to him as Buford remained in McClellan's headquarters. Buford, who, on 30 August, had been hit below the knee by a spent bullet, was likely anxious to again confront Robertson's Rebel troopers who had bested him in that cavalry battle at Second Bull Run. But there is no official record of Buford in the field during the Maryland Campaign despite one report that Buford was in charge of the cavalry at South Mountain on 14 September. That reference is Edward G. Longacre, "General John Buford: A Military Biography," 115-116, citing Myles Keogh, "Etat de Service of Major Genl Jno. Buford from his promotion to Brig Genl to his death" [p. 2], MS in Special Collections, USMA Library.
                >
                > The next question concerns Capt. Elon Farnsworth and his participation in a skirmish on 7 September. On that date, a squadron of the Fifth Virginia Cavalry was attacked at Poolesville by Maj. George H. Chapman, commander of the Third Indiana, leading two squadrons of the Eighth Illinois Cavalry and two squadrons of the Third Indiana Cavalry; he recaptured Poolesville taking two Rebels prisoner along with one horse with its saddle and equipment and sending the rest fleeing towards Barnesville. The regimental historian of the 8th Illinois Cavalry, Abner Hard, said that Capt. Farnsworth led the charge and doesn't mention Chapman. Records show, however that Farnsworth was the assistant quartermaster of the IV Corps during this time having previously served in the Eighth Illinois Cavalry. It is possible that since that corps was in the general area and given the fluid situation, that Capt. Farnsworth did command the attack or at least the two squadrons of the
                > Eighth, and that Plea sonton did not mention this as Farnsworth was not under his command.
                >
                > Carman does not mention Capt. Farnsworth but goes with Pleasonton's 19 September OR report. Has anyone more info on these events other than the OR reports of Pleasonton, Stuart, Hampton, and Munford? Pickerill's regimental history of the Third Indiana is of no help as he quotes Pleasonton's report of the 19th.
                >
                > Larry
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              • Larry Freiheit
                Thank you Gerry, I give Eric an e-mail. ... From: G E Mayers Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Buford and Farnsworth in Action? To:
                Message 7 of 7 , Apr 22, 2009
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                  Thank you Gerry, I give Eric an e-mail.

                  --- On Wed, 4/22/09, G E Mayers <gerry1952@...> wrote:


                  From: G E Mayers <gerry1952@...>
                  Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Buford and Farnsworth in Action?
                  To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
                  Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 3:49 PM








                  Larry;

                  Eric Wittenberg's email address: eric@rushslancers. com . If that
                  one does not work, try eric@ewittenberglaw .com . I know Eric and
                  JD personally, as well as having met Mike Nugent... if the three
                  of them can not supply you with the information sought, it does
                  not exist!

                  Hope it helps?

                  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: "Larry Freiheit" <eighth_conn_ inf@yahoo. com>
                  To: <TalkAntietam@ yahoogroups. com>
                  Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 3:38 PM
                  Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Buford and Farnsworth in Action?

                  Tom,

                  I don't know Eric personally; I was on one of his tours with JD
                  and I do read his blog. I did not see a contact e-mail on his
                  blog. Can you give me his e-mail address unless you think he
                  would be more likely to reply to you vice me?

                  Excellent news re the NYPL materials! I look forward to seeing
                  them. I guess it will wind up in Ted Alexander's library at
                  Antietam?

                  Are you referring to Hard the author of the 8th Illinois Cav
                  history or is the "Hart" letter in reference to something else? I
                  eventually will go again to Ted's library so I could see the
                  letter there I guess.

                  Thanks,
                  Larry

                  --- On Wed, 4/22/09, Thomas Clemens <clemenst@hagerstown cc.edu>
                  wrote:

                  From: Thomas Clemens <clemenst@hagerstown cc.edu>
                  Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Buford and Farnsworth in Action?
                  To: TalkAntietam@ yahoogroups. com
                  Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 1:27 PM

                  Larry,
                  I am away from home right now and will check some files when I
                  get there. Eric Wittenburg has a great account of Buford @
                  Antietam. he told it to me, and I do not have the citation stuff,
                  so it is better to deal with him directly. If you do not know
                  him, I can ask him for you.
                  I am just now getting some of the stuff from NYPL today, more
                  will follow in a few weeks, including the letter from Hart. Supt.
                  Howard has quite generously agreed to pay for microfilming three
                  boxes of correspondence, much of which is not in the files at
                  Antietam. But it takes 6 - 8 weeks. :-(
                  There is another letter from Hart, less complete, in the NA
                  Antietam Studies papers. I can give you hard copy of send you a
                  scan, your choice.

                  Dr. Thomas G. Clemens
                  Professor of History
                  Hagerstown Community College

                  >>> "eighth_conn_ inf" <eighth_conn_ inf@yahoo. com> 4/22/2009
                  >>> 11:30 AM >>>

                  All,

                  Brig Gen. John Buford was selected by McClellan on 10 September
                  to be his administrative chief of cavalry with Pleasonton
                  commanding in the field. Buford had little to do perhaps other
                  than hurrying units forward to Pleasonton and getting supplies to
                  him as Buford remained in McClellan's headquarters. Buford, who,
                  on 30 August, had been hit below the knee by a spent bullet, was
                  likely anxious to again confront Robertson's Rebel troopers who
                  had bested him in that cavalry battle at Second Bull Run. But
                  there is no official record of Buford in the field during the
                  Maryland Campaign despite one report that Buford was in charge of
                  the cavalry at South Mountain on 14 September. That reference is
                  Edward G. Longacre, "General John Buford: A Military Biography,"
                  115-116, citing Myles Keogh, "Etat de Service of Major Genl Jno.
                  Buford from his promotion to Brig Genl to his death" [p. 2], MS
                  in Special Collections, USMA Library.

                  The next question concerns Capt. Elon Farnsworth and his
                  participation in a skirmish on 7 September. On that date, a
                  squadron of the Fifth Virginia Cavalry was attacked at
                  Poolesville by Maj. George H. Chapman, commander of the Third
                  Indiana, leading two squadrons of the Eighth Illinois Cavalry and
                  two squadrons of the Third Indiana Cavalry; he recaptured
                  Poolesville taking two Rebels prisoner along with one horse with
                  its saddle and equipment and sending the rest fleeing towards
                  Barnesville. The regimental historian of the 8th Illinois
                  Cavalry, Abner Hard, said that Capt. Farnsworth led the charge
                  and doesn't mention Chapman. Records show, however that
                  Farnsworth was the assistant quartermaster of the IV Corps during
                  this time having previously served in the Eighth Illinois
                  Cavalry. It is possible that since that corps was in the general
                  area and given the fluid situation, that Capt. Farnsworth did
                  command the attack or at least the two squadrons of the
                  Eighth, and that Plea sonton did not mention this as Farnsworth
                  was not under his command.

                  Carman does not mention Capt. Farnsworth but goes with
                  Pleasonton's 19 September OR report. Has anyone more info on
                  these events other than the OR reports of Pleasonton, Stuart,
                  Hampton, and Munford? Pickerill's regimental history of the Third
                  Indiana is of no help as he quotes Pleasonton's report of the
                  19th.

                  Larry

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