McClellan at the front

A Sgt. in the 4th Penna. Reserves, John Bur­nett, men­tions he was posted on the left of his divi­sion as they marched through Mid­dlekauf Farm, just north of Joseph Poffenberger’s farm on Sept. 16. He noted that a lone Con­fed­er­ate sol­deir emerged from the Mid­dlekauf house and was cap­tured. He men­tioned the skir­mish with Hood’s divi­sion in progress, and tear­ing down fences, with Mid­dlekauf him­self assist­ing. Most inter­est­ing is that in three let­ters he insists he saw McClel­lan at this time, rid­ing near the Mid­dlekauf farm with a few aides. What is inter­est­ing is that he says he has never seen McClellan’s book, and every­thing he has read says McClel­lan never crossed the creek until Sept. 18, but he is sure he saw McClel­lan on Sept. 16 near the front dur­ing the fight­ing. Interesting??!!

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  1. Tom
    Posted April 2, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Clar­i­fi­ca­tion — By “Divi­sion” I mean the line of two com­pa­nies abreast as the reg­i­ment marched in col­umn of divi­sions. Not the whole Reserves Divi­sion. Sorry.

  2. Larry Freiheit
    Posted April 3, 2011 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    I see that Strother wrote that some­time between1 and 4 P.M. “McClel­lan rode over with two or three aides to see Sumner.”

  3. Tom Clemens
    Posted April 8, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    Yes, Strother con­firms this account. I found a book called Our Boys, pub­lished in 1864 by a guy in the 8th PA Res. and he says McClel­lan came over and re-directed the fire of an artillery bat­tery duel­ing with rebel guns. I won­der why we don’t hear more about this?

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