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Battle of Iuka Telegraphs

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  • Tony Gunter
    Doh! Apparently, Rosecrans *was* communicating with Grant via the telegraph. The O.R. entries make it sound like he received the notes via courier, but in
    Message 1 of 1 , May 4, 2007
      Doh! Apparently, Rosecrans *was* communicating with Grant via the
      telegraph. The O.R. entries make it sound like he received the notes
      via courier, but in PUSG the messages from Rosecrans are all via
      telegraph.

      So we have, paraphrased:

      Sent: Sept 18th
      I am running behind. 20 miles from Iuka. Hope to begin march at
      4:30 a.m. so I can make it by 1 or 2 p.m.

      Sent: Sept. 19th 6 a.m. Received: 9 a.m.
      I am 18 miles from Iuka, hope to make it by 2 p.m.

      Sent: Sept. 19th 12:40 p.m. Received: (est.) 4:00 p.m.
      One division is up, the head of my second division is up, we are
      skirmishing. I have sent cavalry and one brigade to the east to cut
      off escape.

      ... no mention of when Rosecrans might be prepared to attack ...

      ... then we have a 10 hour gap (!!!) ...

      Sent: Sept. 19th 10:30 p.m. Received: (est.) 2:30 a.m.
      We are finished fighting.


      Remember, of course ... Rosecrans has told Grant that the country
      south of Iuka is open land, so Grant has no reason to suspect that
      Rosecrans will not be able to bring his artillery to bear upon the
      Confederates.
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