30413Re: Fremont on Paducah
- Apr 2, 2005--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "josepharose" <josepharose@y...>
> I should also comment on excerpts from Fremont's article in B&L:
> He wrote: "August 25th an expedition was ordered under Colonel G.
> Wagner [sic] with one regiment, accompanied by Commander John
> Rodgers with two gun-boats, to destroy the enemy's fortifications
> that were being constructed at Belmont." [The ORs indicate that it
> left 8/27/61.]
> > Charles de Arnaud I am getting ready to go to Paducah. Willstart
> at 6 1/2 o'clock" [PUSG 2:193] It fits the description of neitherabout
> telegram mentioned in the memoirs; there is nothing about "taking
> steps to get off that night to be in advance of the enemy" nor
> doing so "unless I received further orders."him
> This is the crux of the matter: Grant's Memoirs are unreliable.
> They certainly are an insufficient foundation upon which to give
> credit for taking Paducah without orders.Could this give credence to the rumors that Badeau and Twain wrote
most of the Memoirs?
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