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 Posted: Thu Sep 18th, 2008 01:58 am
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Ah, Crazy D, don't get me started on Barlow and the 11th Corps, not with the 153PA being my soft spot. 

I suspect that one thing Barlow had going for him was that he, and just about everyone else, could point the finger at those damn Dutchmen, who were cowards at Chancellorsville, and showed they were so again at Gettysburg--so went the feelings of the nation at that time about the German immigrants. So all Barlow had to do was say, "See, it wasn't me, they just don't listen and they don't fight," and everyone--this not being the PC present time--goes, "True, very true." And Barlow can pawn his own mistakes and prejudices off and cover his behind. Sickles was a good spin doctor, but he didn't have a basically unliked and unsupported immigrant population to dump on like Barlow did.

Whew! See what happens when you mention Barlow to me??;)


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