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 Posted: Sat Sep 6th, 2008 04:46 pm
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We seem to be straying from the topic. My bad. But I can't resist.

Having heard that Doubleday's account of the Gettysburg fracas was seriously flawed, I avoided what I've since discovered to be a most valuable series: "Campaigns of the Civil War." Each volume of the series was written by someone who was there. On the scene. Involved. One might expect some self-aggrandizement and some bias, but reading around that makes the series an excellent additon to one's library.

Abner Doubleday was a competent officer who tended to back-stab anyone who came within reach. I was going to compare him to Daniel Harvey Hill who was almost as quarrelsome as Braxton Bragg, but that's not quite fair: D.H. wasn't so sneaky. Understandably, however capable Abner was, Gettysburg seems to have been the apex of his career.


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