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mikecmaps
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Hooker knew of Lee’s invasion as result of Brandy Station – that’s not true
4/7/2021 3:37:33 PM
04072021
Hi group

Started rewatching Kens Burns CIVIL WAR documentary. Got to the part of Gettysburg and it says Hooker knew of Lee’s invasion as result of Brandy Station – that’s just not true.
“at 2:30p on the 10th Hooker telegraphed Lincoln that he had so crippled Stuart that he would abandon his contemplated raid into Maryland. ‘I am not satisfied of his intention in this respect but from the movement of their corps, I cannot regard it as altogether improbable’” (Stuart’s Cavalry, Mosby p53)
Hooker then proposed that if Lee was starting to move to Gordonsville that his army should move toward Richmond and that on the 11th and 12th he reported Ewell and Hill were still in his front on the lower Rappahannock. On the 12th Ewell was approaching Winchester. Hooker “must have been thunderstruck when, on the 13th Mr. Lincoln asked Hooker if it was possible that Ewell could be at Winchester.” Next day Lincoln dispatched Hooker, “So far as we can make out here, the enemy have surrounded Milroy at Winchester and Tyler at Martinsburg” Lincoln then asked “if the head of Lee’s army is at Martinsburg and the tail of it on the plank road between Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, the animal must be very thin somewhere, Could you break him?” (Mosby p54)
No information was received by Lincoln or Hooker before the 13th that Lee had begun his invasion and not until 9pm the 15th that Lincoln sent information to Hooker confirming that both Winchester and Martinsburg had been captured and the enemy were crossing the Potomac, that’s fully six days after Brandy Station. And the information did not come from Pleasanton.

Cheers all.
Mike Collie
mikecmaps

“at 2:30p on the 10th Hooker telegraphed Lincoln that he had so crippled Stuart that he would abandon his contemplated raid into Maryland. ‘I am not satisfied of his intention in this respect but from the movement of their corps, I cannot regard it as altogether improbable’” (Stuart’s Cavalry, Mosby p53)
Hooker then proposed that if Lee was starting to move to Gordonsville that his army should move toward Richmond and that on the 11th and 12th he reported Ewell and Hill were still in his front on the lower Rappahannock. On the 12th Ewell was approaching Winchester. Hooker “must have been thunderstruck when, on the 13th Mr. Lincoln asked Hooker if it was possible that Ewell could be at Winchester.” Next day Lincoln dispatched Hooker, “So far as we can make out here, the enemy have surrounded Milroy at Winchester and Tyler at Martinsburg” Lincoln then asked “if the head of Lee’s army is at Martinsburg and the tail of it on the plank road between Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, the animal must be very thin somewhere, Could you break him?” (Mosby p54)
No information was received by Lincoln or Hooker before the 13th that Lee had begun his invasion and not until 9pm the 15th that Lincoln sent information to Hooker confirming that both Winchester and Martinsburg had been captured and the enemy were crossing the Potomac, that’s fully six days after Brandy Station. And the information did not come from Pleasanton.

Cheers all.
Mike Collie
mikecmaps

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