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Antietam 17th September 1862

Posted by MABO on 13 Sep 2021, 07:41

No the battle is going to happen, isn't it?
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Posted by C M Dodson on 13 Sep 2021, 15:06


No need to worry, Longstreet is approaching the middle bridge from South Mountain with McClellan in slow pursuit !

Lots of carnage to come.

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Posted by Bessiere on 14 Sep 2021, 01:32

Excellent progress Mr. D. Your comment about Burnside's reluctance brought to mind a theory I have regarding Gen. Burnside's fighting at Fredericksburg at all. His march was slowed by waiting for his pontoon train which I believe was purposefully held back by officers loyal to Little Mac. He stole the march on Lee and could have been further South were the train there on time. They wanted Mac back and Burnside's failure would bring McClellan back (or so they hoped). I have never read any historian making this assertion and it may have been in revenge for Burnsides failure to attack as well. McClellan likely would have won if the attacks were coordinated.
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Posted by C M Dodson on 15 Sep 2021, 09:56

Hello Mr B and thank you for your kind words.

I feel that Mr Burnside had a poor impression of himself but was loyal to his friend McClean to the point of refusing initially to take command.

I think his real problem was his dislike for Hooker.

His plan whilst initially questioned by Lincoln had its merits as Lee’s army was dispersed.

Waiting three weeks for the pontoons was madness with predictable results.

Some of his officers indeed went behind his back to Lincoln to protest but following the mud March and Hooker’s dismissal Burnsides offer of resignation was refused and off he went east.

Hooker was reinstated and Ambrose, following his Eastern/ Crater exploits served three terms as Governor and two as a senator.

You can not make this stuff up.

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Posted by T. Dürrschmidt on 15 Sep 2021, 17:02

Hi Chris,

I am always a big fan of your realistic looking battle dioramas. The landscape is just stunning......and by sure you must have a very tolerant wife.....DER FELDMARSCHALL.....LOL! :xd:

The only nickname of this kind I am using from time to time is for my boss "Fürst der Finsternis" (Lord of Darkness)
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