Re: Fremont on Paducah
- --- 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?
- I found it. OR Vol 7 Pg 571 McCellan to Halleck and Buell " A deserter just
in from the rebels, says that .... he heard officers say that Beauregaed was
under orders to go to
Kentucky with fifteen regiments from the Army of the Potomac.(Jan.29, 1862).
Halleck replied on Jan 30. "Your telegraph regarding Beauregard is received.
General Grant and Commodore Foote will be ordered to immediately advance, and
to reduce and hold Fort Henry, on the Tennessee river.
I remain, Sir, your most humble servant.