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Re: [TalkAntietam] Mansfield's route

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  • NJ Rebel
    Ron: IIRC, once Hooker s units reached the area of The Cornfield, the orchestrated plan that Mac wanted Hooker to perform on the left flank of the Confedere
    Message 1 of 11 , Jul 14 8:31 PM
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      Ron:

      IIRC, once Hooker's units reached the area of The Cornfield, the
      orchestrated "plan" that Mac wanted Hooker to perform on the left
      flank of the Confedere line went to pieces. The battle started to
      take on a life of its own.......

      Your humble servant,
      Gerry Mayers
      Pvt., CS Signals,
      Longstreet's Corps

      A Proud American by Birth, Southern by Choice!

      "I know of no fitter resting-place for a soldier than the field
      on which he has nobly laid down his life." --General Robert
      Edward Lee

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Ron Church" <rchurch@...>
      To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sunday, July 14, 2002 11:27 PM
      Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Mansfield's route


      > Gerry,
      >
      > I'm not sure just how much information Hooker had conveyed to
      Mansfield,
      > perhaps some of the others can shed more light on this. But I
      do have some
      > information regarding timing that might be of interest; BG
      Alpheus Williams
      > (now commanding XII Corps) states in his report "While the
      deployment was
      > going on, and before the leading regiments were fully engaged,
      it was
      > reported to me that the veteran and distinguished commander of
      the corps was
      > mortally wounded. I at once reported to Major-General Hooker
      on the field,
      > took from him such direction as the pressing exigencies would
      permit, and
      > hastened to make a disposition of the corps to meet them".
      >
      > Williams doesn't mention anything about Hooker having been
      wounded. From the
      > NPS maps, Mansfield reached the "deployment" area at about 8:00
      so
      > Mansfield's wounding may have happened between 8:00 and 8:30.
      >
      > Hooker in his report states, "While my wound was being examined
      by the
      > surgeon, Sumner's corps appeared on the field on my immediate
      right, and I
      > have an indistinct recollection of having seen Sedgwick's
      division pass to
      > the front." Since Sumner entered the West Woods at about 9:00
      it would be
      > possible that the two commanders were wounded within the same
      half hour.
      >
      > Given the "exigencies" Williams referred to, unless Hooker and
      Mansfield met
      > or communicated earlier, it doesn't look like there was much
      time for
      > coordination at the corps level once the battle started.
      >
      > Ron Church
      > Manchester MD
      >
      >
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: "NJ Rebel" <gerry1952@...>
      > To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Sunday, July 14, 2002 9:06 PM
      > Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Mansfield's route
      >
      >
      > > Todd, Paula, Ron and all,
      > >
      > > Correct me if I am mistaken, but I seem to recall reading at
      one
      > > point or another that by the time Mansfield actually had his
      XII
      > > Corps on the field Joe Hooker had already been wounded and
      was,
      > > unfortunately, out of the tactical situation and thereby
      unable
      > > to inform Mansfield of the actual situation.
      > >
      > > Your humble servant,
      > > Gerry Mayers
      > > Pvt., CS Signals,
      > > Longstreet's Corps
      >
      >
      >
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