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Re: Lew Wallace's Destination

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  • Will
    ... apparently ... his ... from ... 1. It being April 5th, there really wasn t time to make further attempts before the battle. 2. Prior to the battle
    Message 1 of 92 , Apr 3 11:37 AM
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      --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, "bjer50010" <bjewell@i...> wrote:
      > ...As to the communication between WHL and Lew Wallace, Lew
      apparently
      > sent his cavalry to follow the Shunpike route in compliance with
      his
      > assurances in that letter. The cavalry arrived at Owl Creek and
      > discovered that it was occupied by Sherman's division. No further
      > attempts were made, apparently to find WHL's campsite. This comes
      from
      > Lew's writings in B&L.


      1. It being April 5th, there really wasn't time to make further
      attempts before the battle.


      2. Prior to the battle Wallace had advanced his force out from
      Crump's as far as Adamsville, where a brigade was posted; the letter
      to WHL Wallace of the 5th refers to Adamsville as the location of his
      HQ; Wallace's effort to secure reinforcements from the rest of the
      army was focused on linking to his advanced position at Adamsville--
      he informed WHL Wallace that he was sending his cavalry from
      Adamsville. From Adamsville the best route to communicate with the
      army at Pittsburg landing was via Sherman's position. Note that the
      route from Adamsville would not use the Shunpike; rather the Shunpike
      was short cut between Stoney Lonesome and the road from Adamsville to
      Shiloh.


      3. However, from Grant's perspective, Wallace had his force at
      Crump's Landing. During the days before the battle, when Wallace
      wrote to Grant it had the header of 'HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION,
      Crump's Landing' and when he described the build up at Purdy and
      requested a pair of recently arrived batteries be sent his way, Grant
      directed that the batteries be sent to Crump's and that WHL Wallace
      (the division positioned closest to Crump's), with back-up by Sherman
      and Hurlbut, be prepared to reinforce Lew Wallace at Crump's Landing.
      The focus of Grant's efforts to support Wallace, and to communicate
      with him, are directed at Crump's. From Crumps' Landing, the logical
      route to the rest of the army was by the River Road and a route to
      Owl Creek by Sherman's position did not make sense.


      ~Will
    • Will
      ... He was also a general in the war of 1812, Secretary of War under Jackson, Secretary of State under Buchanan [until he resigned during the secession crisis]
      Message 92 of 92 , Apr 11 10:56 AM
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        --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, GnrlJEJohnston@a... wrote:
        > ...Lewis Cass (first governor of
        > Michigan I believe)...

        He was also a general in the war of 1812, Secretary of War under
        Jackson, Secretary of State under Buchanan [until he resigned during
        the secession crisis] and the Democratic Party's Presidential
        Candidate in 1848 (lost to Taylor), in addition to a bunch of other
        sutff (amassador, congressman, senator)
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