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 Posted: Fri Sep 19th, 2008 02:46 pm
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Basically the 11th corps was put in an untenable position, that would have been untenable for any troops. Early's men crashed down from a perfect position. The almshouse position was better but not an enviable position either...the position was commanded by the Bloecher's knoll position but more compact and with a somewhat less exposed flank.

One must also consider the withdrawal of Devin's cavalry brigade which was covering that flank (I think) and I would imagine knew of the approach of Early's division. What the authorities that recieved any reports did with that information I am not sure of ...just a thought...

BTW Doles' handling of his brigade was masterful in defeating other elements of 11th corps..

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