Re: [civilwarwest] Buell's forces on April 6th
- In a message dated 6/7/2003 12:39:49 PM Eastern Daylight Time, josepharose@... writes:
I just came across this in my notes:
If I have correctly written it down, Rawlins' letter to his mother
on 4/8/62 stated: "Just when they were needed, and not a moment too
soon, Buell's advanced forces, ten thousand strong, arrived on the
opposite side of the river, were quickly crossed to our side of the
conflict, and checked the enemy."
As this was written before all of the controversy started, it
probably contains much more truth than such assertions as, "The
presence of two or three regiments of Buell's army on the west bank
before firing ceased had not the slightest effect in preventing the
capture of Pittsburg landing."
I disagree. I probably accurately reflects Rawlins's state of mind
that evening, but it does not reflect the actual historical reality.
James F. Epperson