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|Posted: Sun Sep 4th, 2011 10:56 pm||
Old Blu, I think I have found the cause of Hill not being there sooner. First off was the confusion of the preceding day. As you know Jackson was not very good at giving his command decisions. Hill was unaware of them as was Taliaferro, when Winder was killed. Hills orders were to march, that was about all Hill knew. Second was reconnaissance, Jackson failed to reveal either the position or the strength of the enemy until contact was made. Third the cannon fire you mentioned began before even Winder and Ewell were deployed, from my understanding they had a hard time of breaking off the marching column's to make battle lines. Alot of the connonading at first that went on was to help these men get into battle lines. Guns were brought up and artillary fire was used to screen the maneuvering of the troops into combat positions. Hill was not up when the fighting started. He was not far behind, however, having determinedly pushed the light division throughout the day to close the gap between it and the leading divisions of Winder and Ewell. So I believe even though things worked out for Jackson upon the arrival of the light division. He went in to this fight blind, kind of like Lee at Gettysburg, except on a smaller scale.
Pender, I am going to try to get back over there this coming week. I will be traveling around the country with an author and she is doing a special article on General Early.
As I get those pictures I will make sure to get some shots of the total battle field. When I took the pictures I have, there is nothing there to give a hint. So I need to take more pictures.
I tried to get some pictures of the battlefield off Cedar Mountain but they did work out too well. There was a new growth of pine tree in the way. That is why I want to go back over there.
Last edited on Sun Sep 4th, 2011 10:57 pm by Old Blu