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 Posted: Sat Jan 20th, 2007 02:41 pm
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Many thanks, calcav. On the map, that didn't look like my conception of a ravine but, at nearly 20 feet of declination, I can see where Pvt. Cockrill would consider it so. I called up my memory of descending the ravine where Johnston is purported to have expired ... that's only 10 feet deeper and does fit my conception of a ravine. (I'm a flatlander and have to imagine what a real ravine looks like.)

It looks like three regiments -- 9th, 12th and 50th Illinois -- plus a couple more on the other side of the road, were all that stood in the way of Johnston's ultimately successful turning movement.

Ole

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