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Posted By: Tom Ryan on: 05/10/2010 16:53:59 EDT
Subject: What really happened at Antietam

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There ae differing accounts of what took place after a Union signal station on Elk Mountain warned Burnside that A.P. Hill's forces were moving up toward his left. According to Brown'saccount (page 333), the warning was timely and the "threatened demonstration on our left was averted." This was more or less confirmed by Lt. Gloskoski's report (OR, 19, I, p.138) in which he says the warning was in time, and was "noticed" by Burnside. However, Sears states in Landscape Turned Red (p.316 paperback) that Burnside was not there when the message arrived, and, if it reached him at all, it arrived too late. It is my recollection that Hill attacked Burnside's flank unexpectedly, so I gather that Sears has it about right -- and Brown and Gloskoski does not. Any comments? Tom
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