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 Posted: Tue Nov 7th, 2006 02:50 am
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It is intresting to note that it is only 3 days after the battle and he is already repeating the myth that some men were suprised while eating and had to run before they could turn and make a stand.

The "total-surprise" myth was created by newspapers.  Jacob Bush was repeating what he was told, not what he read. This might have come down to him through the chain from Buell. More likely, he talked to some of the men under the bluffs. There can be little doubt that some troops were eating breakfast when the attack came, especially among those who ran to the river. (Meaning that there were a lot of green troops there, with green officers, who hadn't yet gotten into the military routine having finished breakfast by sun-up.)


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