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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

"We are also of opinion . . ."

-The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies: Chapter XXXIX - Operations in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Department of the East. June 3-August 3, 1863.

So Dix rather bitterly reconciles himself  to the reluctance of not only his divisional commander, Keyes, but also Keyes' brigadiers. Yet at no time apparently, does Dix remove himself from his base at White House and personally ascertain the situation of the bulk of his available forces who are less than six miles away.

1 comment:

  1. Found interesting related tidbit from the "Regimental History of the First New York Dragoons" that states "In co-operation with Getty, at Hanover, General Keyes with six thousand men, the One Hundred and Thirtieth New York included, marched in the direction of Bottom's Bridge. But for five days the doughty commander cautiously skirmished around, apparently trembling in every limb lest perchance he might catch sight of a Johnny Reb." Doesn't sound like the author, who was present, thought too highly of Keyes.