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30413Re: Fremont on Paducah

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  • oneplez
    Apr 2, 2005
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      --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, "josepharose" <josepharose@y...>
      wrote:
      >
      >
      > 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.]
      >

      snips

      > > Charles de Arnaud I am getting ready to go to Paducah. Will
      start
      > at 6 1/2 o'clock" [PUSG 2:193] It fits the description of neither
      > telegram mentioned in the memoirs; there is nothing about "taking
      > steps to get off that night to be in advance of the enemy" nor
      about
      > doing so "unless I received further orders."
      >
      > This is the crux of the matter: Grant's Memoirs are unreliable.
      > They certainly are an insufficient foundation upon which to give
      him
      > credit for taking Paducah without orders.
      >
      > Joseph

      Could this give credence to the rumors that Badeau and Twain wrote
      most of the Memoirs?

      Don
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