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Joe

 

I had run across information in a 15th Iowa unit history indicating that 'General Grant sent the 15th Iowa and 16th Iowa west to join McClernand.' But, in reading the official report of Colonel Reid, he indicates that 'the engineer of General McClernand, purporting to have orders from General Grant, directed the 15th and 16th Iowa regiments to march west, following his lead.'

 

Wonder if he really had orders; or was just exercising initiative...

 

Ozzy

 

Reference   http://ehistory.osu.edu/books/official-records/010/0288     Official Records of the Civil War

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Joe

I had run across information in a 15th Iowa unit history indicating that 'General Grant sent the 15th Iowa and 16th Iowa west to join McClernand.' But, in reading the official report of Colonel Reid, he indicates that 'the engineer of General McClernand, purporting to have orders from General Grant, directed the 15th and 16th Iowa regiments to march west, following his lead.'

Wonder if he really had orders; or was just exercising initiative...

Ozzy

 

Reference   http://ehistory.osu.edu/books/official-records/010/0288     Official Records of the Civil War

That's a tough one to answer. Is there any other evidence that bears on this episode?

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Joe

 

Contained in McClernand's 9-page after-action report (which US Grant did not fully endorse) is reference to McClernand's Engineer:  'Lieutenant Tresilian, acting engineer and aide, is acknowledged for 'unsurpassed activity and daring' throughout the battle.'  This is the man suspected of having 'made off' with the 15th Iowa and 16th Iowa from their duties at the Landing, about 9:30am; and delivered them for use on the western side of the battlefield. [Also of interest: McClernand makes mention of every regiment engaged in his service... except these two Iowa regiments.]

 

Just an observation

 

Ozzy

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