Book Chat
"Class of 1846:
From West Point to Appomattox"
By
John C. Waugh

This chat took place in the Civil War Home Chatroom on 02/15/09 and covered "The Shirttail Skedaddle" thru  "The Odd Couple".

2/15/2009 9:06 pm (et) Susansweet: "The Class of 1846: From West Point to Appomattox : Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and their brothers

2/15/2009 9:06 pm (et) Susansweet: This week we start with The Shirttail Skedaddle.

2/15/2009 9:06 pm (et) Susansweet: Please remember to refrain from using PM during Chat.

2/15/2009 9:07 pm (et) Susansweet: So here we are with Little Mac what do you all think.

 2/15/2009 9:08 pm (et) Susansweet: Poor McDowell didn't have a decent map.

 2/15/2009 9:08 pm (et) Babs: I think I'm beginning to see why y'all think so little of Mac.

2/15/2009 9:08 pm (et) bluelady: Already his art for overestimation the enemy is coming to light.

2/15/2009 9:08 pm (et) bluelady: And his ability to keep his HQ far away from the action.

2/15/2009 9:08 pm (et) Babs: And Pinkerton wasn't there to blame for the estimates.

2/15/2009 9:09 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: Never one to pass up an opportunity, he leaves his beloved PA empty-handed because he got to Ohio first. Then didn't even tell Nelly right away.

2/15/2009 9:09 pm (et) bluelady: Well...babs. I know from reading this before...

2/15/2009 9:10 pm (et) Susansweet: I love how Waugh writes. Far out their in the dark was hope. . . .

2/15/2009 9:10 pm (et) Babs: Superman didn't always have time to tell Lois Lane where he was going.

2/15/2009 9:10 pm (et) Susansweet: The one man who could now save the Union.

2/15/2009 9:10 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: Naopleon! Yuk.

2/15/2009 9:11 pm (et) bluelady: But Nelly did want him to come home and celebrate ;)

2/15/2009 9:11 pm (et) Susansweet: I know I couldn't believe he compared himself to Napoleon .

2/15/2009 9:11 pm (et) bluelady: One thing those victories did was give the union another state

2/15/2009 9:12 pm (et) Babs: I didn't realize before that he called HIMSELF Napoleon. I thought it was something others called him for his arrogance.

2/15/2009 9:12 pm (et) Babs: That had to add another state to make room for his ego.

2/15/2009 9:13 pm (et) bluelady: lol

2/15/2009 9:13 pm (et) Susansweet: He does have an ego alright .

2/15/2009 9:13 pm (et) Pvt Miles: "The man who could strut while sitting down"......... I like that line.

2/15/2009 9:13 pm (et) Susansweet: Where is Phillipi?

2/15/2009 9:13 pm (et) cwbksell: Babs, The world revolved around Mac. He firmly believed that as fact.

2/15/2009 9:13 pm (et) Susansweet: Oh good Pvt I missed that one.

2/15/2009 9:13 pm (et) bluelady: Is that battle on Rich Mountain the one they based the book and movie cold mountain?

2/15/2009 9:14 pm (et) Babs: His code name was "Mecca". Did that mean people were supposed to pray in his direction five times a day?

2/15/2009 9:14 pm (et) Susansweet: Cold Mountain was Petersburg and the crater.

2/15/2009 9:14 pm (et) mobile_96: No, that was Petersburg.

2/15/2009 9:14 pm (et) bluelady: Nah they just had to make sure they looked that way

2/15/2009 9:14 pm (et) Susansweet: I was wondering about that Babs

2/15/2009 9:14 pm (et) Susansweet: What a choice for code name.

2/15/2009 9:14 pm (et) mobile_96: Maybe he thought so Babs.

2/15/2009 9:15 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: Have to tell you I enjoyed reading about Benjamin Franklin Kelly. He was the one who fought the confederates when they raided my Grandma's home town in West Virginia on the Maryland border on the Potomac. They were said to have burned my family's blacksmith shop.

2/15/2009 9:16 pm (et) Babs: Wow. Where did grandma's sympathies lie?

2/15/2009 9:16 pm (et) Susansweet: That makes this really personal , Fan.

2/15/2009 9:17 pm (et) 20thMass: What town was that Lincoln Fan?

2/15/2009 9:17 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: I think in the North, but we aren't sure about everyone. Like a lot of people, when I really became interested in asking, everyone was gone.

2/15/2009 9:17 pm (et) Susansweet: Frederick West Lander is another interesting character in the events at this time .

2/15/2009 9:18 pm (et) Babs: Sigh. I know that feeling, Fan.

2/15/2009 9:18 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: They town is Piedmont, a little place not far from Grafton.

2/15/2009 9:18 pm (et) bluelady: Is the battle at Rich Mountain the one the book and movie cold mountain is based?  

2/15/2009 9:19 pm (et) Susansweet: No Blue it is Petersburg.

2/15/2009 9:19 pm (et) 20thMass: Lander married a famous actress didn't he?

2/15/2009 9:19 pm (et) bluelady: Is that town near Morgantown?

2/15/2009 9:19 pm (et) bluelady: ok

2/15/2009 9:19 pm (et) Susansweet: The Crater

2/15/2009 9:19 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: Yes, Blue

2/15/2009 9:19 pm (et) Susansweet: The Shirley Temple of her day the book says .

2/15/2009 9:20 pm (et) bluelady: I think I went through there on my way to WVU when my daughter was in a honors band about 9 years ago

2/15/2009 9:20 pm (et) cwbksell: Frederick West Lander was one of those people predicted at the beginning of the war that would be famous in battle. There is a bio of him if anyone is interested. I just happen to have one copy left in stock.

2/15/2009 9:20 pm (et) Susansweet: A Miss Davenport.

2/15/2009 9:22 pm (et) Susansweet: They sure had all their plans throw away by Mrs. Humphreys and her son Oliver.

2/15/2009 9:22 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: Lander's cannoneers were waiting for the signal to begin and Mrs. Humphreys beat them to it.

2/15/2009 9:23 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: Beat me to it, Susan.

2/15/2009 9:23 pm (et) 20thMass: Frederick Lander's bio. Another book for Susan.

2/15/2009 9:23 pm (et) Susansweet: And the Great skedaddle began.

2/15/2009 9:24 pm (et) Susansweet: lol Coly.

2/15/2009 9:24 pm (et) Babs: I don't think Mrs. Humphreys was one to mess with.

2/15/2009 9:24 pm (et) Susansweet: I get that feeling too Babs.

2/15/2009 9:25 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: Wouldn't that have been interesting to watch. They ran long after they were pursued, farmers giving them clothing. What a hoot.

2/15/2009 9:25 pm (et) Susansweet: Landers is on an almost runaway Horse, Kelley is getting shot a mortal wound he thinks.

2/15/2009 9:25 pm (et) Susansweet: If the whole thing hadn't been war it would have seemed like a comedy .

2/15/2009 9:26 pm (et) Susansweet: And Mac sitting in Cincinnati monitoring the battle

2/15/2009 9:27 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: They practically had Kelly buried.

2/15/2009 9:27 pm (et) cwbksell: And how many of you would love to see that in a movie? Confederates running naked for their lives?

2/15/2009 9:27 pm (et) Susansweet: Good thing nobody died not even Kelley.

2/15/2009 9:27 pm (et) Susansweet: Wonder if he was disappointed?

2/15/2009 9:27 pm (et) Susansweet: csbk it would be a funny movie wouldn't it?

2/15/2009 9:28 pm (et) mobile_96: Monitoring the credit to be awarded.

2/15/2009 9:28 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: What exactly did McClellan do to take credit for this victory, anything at all?

2/15/2009 9:28 pm (et) Susansweet: The first land battle of the Civil War

2/15/2009 9:28 pm (et) Babs: Depends on what actors are playing the naked confederates.

2/15/2009 9:28 pm (et) bluelady: He did nothing except he was the commander.

2/15/2009 9:28 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: And he did what?

2/15/2009 9:28 pm (et) Susansweet: Not some of the reenactors I saw today I would hope.

2/15/2009 9:29 pm (et) Pvt Miles: And Mrs. Humphrey's pistol shot unintentionally initiated the Union attack.

2/15/2009 9:29 pm (et) Susansweet: He sat by the telegraph.

2/15/2009 9:29 pm (et) bluelady: And the fact he wrote the reports Washington would see.

2/15/2009 9:29 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: A lot of today's actors spend a lot of time on the screen that way anyway.

2/15/2009 9:29 pm (et) Susansweet: Oh yes very important he wrote the reports so of course he would look good .

2/15/2009 9:30 pm (et) cwbksell: Mac was 250 miles away from the battle, but still took full credit for it. MAF, He won three battles and was not there for any of them. That's how he got shot up to Major General so fast.

2/15/2009 9:30 pm (et) bluelady: Yep.

2/15/2009 9:30 pm (et) Susansweet: Right.

2/15/2009 9:31 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: He would have made a great CEO today, wouldn't he.

2/15/2009 9:31 pm (et) Susansweet: Now we have Garnett ,Robert this time sent to try and fix things.

2/15/2009 9:31 pm (et) bluelady: yep...

2/15/2009 9:32 pm (et) Susansweet: When Garnett is put in charge of the Confederates , Little Mac decides it is time for him to go to the front.

2/15/2009 9:33 pm (et) Susansweet: I couldn't believe his speech to the soldiers.

2/15/2009 9:33 pm (et) Babs: But he doesn't quite make it there.

2/15/2009 9:33 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: He thought the army needed some charisma, maybe.

2/15/2009 9:34 pm (et) Susansweet: He is going to deliver them from tyranny.

2/15/2009 9:34 pm (et) bluelady: I can't believe half the speeches generals like to give.

2/15/2009 9:34 pm (et) bluelady: You would think he was Moses.

2/15/2009 9:34 pm (et) Susansweet: They are full of bluster aren't they.

2/15/2009 9:35 pm (et) bluelady: Downright gales.

2/15/2009 9:36 pm (et) Susansweet: I love it when Waugh says Mac was not happy with his top commanders and wanted a whole new set.

2/15/2009 9:36 pm (et) Susansweet: Hand picked by him

2/15/2009 9:37 pm (et) bluelady: Lord I wonder who he would pick?

2/15/2009 9:37 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: When McClellan didn't back up Rosecrans, the troops should have seen the writing on the wall.

2/15/2009 9:37 pm (et) cwbksell: And the newspapers were not much different than today when the Journal reported the Confederate defeat by saying they were "McClellanized".

2/15/2009 9:37 pm (et) Susansweet: Good one.

2/15/2009 9:38 pm (et) Susansweet: Confederates were lost , Pegram knew nothing of the territory, he had been out west.

2/15/2009 9:38 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: I wonder how McClellan described how he "caught" all those prisoners?

2/15/2009 9:38 pm (et) bluelady: Sounds like many of the armies early in the war.

2/15/2009 9:39 pm (et) Susansweet: True , seems if they were all moving blindly around just bumping into each other.

2/15/2009 9:40 pm (et) Susansweet: And now Mac wants to do a turning motion like Scott in Mexico but the land isn't the same.

2/15/2009 9:40 pm (et) Susansweet: Waugh says he needed a "Lee " to find the way.

2/15/2009 9:40 pm (et) Pvt Miles: The terrain is & was very difficult for maneuver.

2/15/2009 9:41 pm (et) Babs: To move let alone maneuver.

2/15/2009 9:41 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: Even on today's roads.

2/15/2009 9:41 pm (et) Susansweet: Right Babs.

2/15/2009 9:41 pm (et) Babs: hal that was missing.

2/15/2009 9:41 pm (et) Babs: but you got it.

2/15/2009 9:42 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: One thing McClellan did do was introduce the telegraph to war correspondence and military communication, even though I think his reasons were more personal.

2/15/2009 9:43 pm (et) Susansweet: Right Fan. Sounds good but it also helped him boast of his "victories.

2/15/2009 9:44 pm (et) Susansweet: Then there is Pegram and Hotchkiss.

2/15/2009 9:44 pm (et) mobile_96: Really think he thought the telegraph being carried along was more for military than personal, as he'd seen how much it helped in Europe.

2/15/2009 9:44 pm (et) bluelady: Hotchkiss was totally amazing.

2/15/2009 9:44 pm (et) Susansweet: Pegram had no idea where he was going and Hotchkiss did but Pegram didn't follow him so one got away and the other didn't.

2/15/2009 9:45 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: Waugh calls the battles "mud-spattered encounters".

2/15/2009 9:45 pm (et) bluelady: Agreed mobile especially since he wrote extensively about its use in Europe.

2/15/2009 9:45 pm (et) Susansweet: He sure was Blue.

2/15/2009 9:46 pm (et) Susansweet: Then we have the first General killed in the War.

2/15/2009 9:46 pm (et) Susansweet: The Garnett family didn't fare too well in the war.

2/15/2009 9:46 pm (et) bluelady: Garnett

2/15/2009 9:46 pm (et) bluelady: No they did not.

2/15/2009 9:47 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: At first I thought he couldn't die because he died at Gettysburg, then realized I had the wrong guy.

2/15/2009 9:48 pm (et) Susansweet: Anything else on this chapter or shall we move on to The Valley Man

2/15/2009 9:48 pm (et) Babs: Were the Garnetts related?

2/15/2009 9:48 pm (et) bluelady: Move on.

2/15/2009 9:48 pm (et) mobile_96: Onward.

2/15/2009 9:48 pm (et) Susansweet: "Tom Jackson had attracted attention to himself simply by being himself "

2/15/2009 9:48 pm (et) bluelady: Yes, they were cousins.

2/15/2009 9:49 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: I think they were brothers.

2/15/2009 9:49 pm (et) Susansweet: Unreasonably adamant.

2/15/2009 9:49 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: Oh, were they cousins? I was told wrong, then.

2/15/2009 9:49 pm (et) bluelady: Really but he wasn't above promoting himself either although when he did it it was to the point and totally true.

2/15/2009 9:49 pm (et) Susansweet: comments ?

2/15/2009 9:50 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: Jackson was certainly the right man to be in the Valley.

2/15/2009 9:50 pm (et) bluelady: Just looked it up they were cousins.

2/15/2009 9:51 pm (et) bluelady: The valley was his back yard literally.

2/15/2009 9:51 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: I thought it was neat that he was able to get his brigade back.

2/15/2009 9:51 pm (et) Babs: His in-laws t be didn't know of his Mexican War accomplishments until he wanted to get engaged.

2/15/2009 9:51 pm (et) Susansweet: "This General Jackson is always doing something to vex the enemy: and I think he is destined to annoy them more"

2/15/2009 9:52 pm (et) Susansweet: He knew the valley well but he knew also how to use Hotchkiss.

2/15/2009 9:52 pm (et) cwbksell: Jackson had Hotchkiss and he knew the valley like the back of his hand.

2/15/2009 9:52 pm (et) Susansweet: Hotichkiss amazes me.

2/15/2009 9:52 pm (et) bluelady: That and to use the valley.

2/15/2009 9:53 pm (et) bluelady: But he knew to use an army he had to move it as well...and he knew how to move an army.

2/15/2009 9:53 pm (et) Susansweet: Right Blue

2/15/2009 9:53 pm (et) mobile_96: His book of maps are available

2/15/2009 9:53 pm (et) Susansweet: And who does the Union have ? Banks.

2/15/2009 9:53 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: I got so tired of not having a map that I rummaged through our reference books and actually found the Hotchkiss map of the valley. Sure made reading easier.

2/15/2009 9:53 pm (et) Susansweet: Lalalalalala Mobile I didn't read that.

2/15/2009 9:54 pm (et) Susansweet: I wrote myself a note Maps I need Maps .

2/15/2009 9:54 pm (et) bluelady: What helped me is the number of trips I have made down that valley.

2/15/2009 9:55 pm (et) bluelady: I am beginning to think that Jackson helped map out the route for Rt 81!

2/15/2009 9:55 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: Yes, I've been there once and it really helped when reading this chapter.

2/15/2009 9:56 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: I wonder if it was actually a road then.

2/15/2009 9:57 pm (et) Susansweet: I have been in the Staunton to New Market area so that helped a bit.

2/15/2009 9:57 pm (et) bluelady: I am betting though the road was more than likely what is now Rt 11.

2/15/2009 9:57 pm (et) bluelady: That was the major link to all the towns before the interstate.

2/15/2009 9:57 pm (et) Susansweet: Right Blue I would think so.

2/15/2009 9:58 pm (et) Susansweet: Jackson proposed an attack on Banks, his commanders voted against it.

2/15/2009 9:58 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: I don't think I ever really understood what Jackson was doing there. The valley campaign always seemed so separate from everything in eastern Virginia. Waugh does a really good job of explaining the big picture.

2/15/2009 9:58 pm (et) Susansweet: As Waugh says So much for councils of War.

2/15/2009 9:58 pm (et) Babs: But he did it anyway.

2/15/2009 9:58 pm (et) bluelady: After that no more councils of war.

2/15/2009 9:59 pm (et) Susansweet: He did make it easy to understand why Jackson was doing and why.

2/15/2009 9:59 pm (et) bluelady: Councils of war notoriously don't fight.

2/15/2009 9:59 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: Yes, but never had another war council.

2/15/2009 9:59 pm (et) Susansweet: This chapter is so full of wonderful comments.

2/15/2009 10:00 pm (et) bluelady: This is loaded and we are not near done and I have to go :(

2/15/2009 10:00 pm (et) Susansweet: But Old Jack did not follow scripts especially Federal scripts.

2/15/2009 10:00 pm (et) Susansweet: Oh NOOOOO

2/15/2009 10:00 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: The whole book is full of tidbits I never knew.

2/15/2009 10:01 pm (et) Susansweet: And the way Waugh throws these comments out though the whole book keeps me reading on .

2/15/2009 10:01 pm (et) bluelady: He followed his own council

2/15/2009 10:01 pm (et) Susansweet: What do you all think of Turner Ashby.

2/15/2009 10:01 pm (et) bluelady: There was only one person he told anything to and I think that was Lee.

2/15/2009 10:01 pm (et) Susansweet: I think that is true Blue.

2/15/2009 10:02 pm (et) Babs: He didn't even tell his coat where he was going.

2/15/2009 10:02 pm (et) bluelady: A typical partisan.

2/15/2009 10:02 pm (et) Susansweet: Good one Babs.

2/15/2009 10:02 pm (et) mobile_96: Story does flow along quite nicely.

2/15/2009 10:02 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: Lee trusted him. I like Ashby. Boy did he make things interesting for the Yanks.

2/15/2009 10:02 pm (et) bluelady: I don't think he could have disciplined his troopers if he wanted to because he himself didn't know how.

2/15/2009 10:03 pm (et) bluelady: Ashby make Morgan look tame.

2/15/2009 10:03 pm (et) Susansweet: I think you are right from all I have read about him Blue, and Gordon says watting Ashby is like trying to pin down the Scarlett Pimpernel.

2/15/2009 10:04 pm (et) Susansweet: He was uncontrollable but Jackson used him the way he worked best.

2/15/2009 10:04 pm (et) Susansweet: Being a nuisance.

2/15/2009 10:05 pm (et) bluelady: And give Jackson credit here...he knew that about those troops and did not put the hammer down when they didn't perform the way he thought they should.

2/15/2009 10:05 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: I think Jackson understood Ashby because he operated the same way. He must have felt lucky to have Ashby.

2/15/2009 10:05 pm (et) Susansweet: But he did on Garnett , the other one.

2/15/2009 10:06 pm (et) Susansweet: I think he did appreciate Ashby.

2/15/2009 10:07 pm (et) bluelady: That was different..1. Garnett (Richard) he felt knew better and 2. He did what he did though justifiably so with the stonewall brigade.

2/15/2009 10:07 pm (et) Susansweet: Any more or should we continue with The Odd Couple.

2/15/2009 10:07 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: I always wondered why people said Garnett felt he had something to prove at Gettysburg. This answers the question.

2/15/2009 10:08 pm (et) bluelady: Go on..we could be here forever.

2/15/2009 10:08 pm (et) Susansweet: True .

2/15/2009 10:08 pm (et) Susansweet: Now we meet the two oddest men of the Civil War , Jackson and Ewell.

2/15/2009 10:09 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: This is a wonderfully entertaining chapter. I laughed so much. Its so well written.

2/15/2009 10:09 pm (et) bluelady: In some of his pictures Ewell LOOKS like a bird! hehe

2/15/2009 10:09 pm (et) Susansweet: I did too. He does.

2/15/2009 10:10 pm (et) bluelady: I can imagine the look on old Jack's face when Ewell went off with his colorful language.

2/15/2009 10:10 pm (et) Susansweet: Can you imagine two more different men working "together " even Cheatham and Polk were more alike than these two.

2/15/2009 10:10 pm (et) Pvt Miles: pages 281-288 are the best personal sketch of Jackson that I've read.

2/15/2009 10:10 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: Even the description of Little Sorrell is good. Those of you who have seen the horse at VMI know how different he looks from paintings.

2/15/2009 10:11 pm (et) Susansweet: Blue I can just see him face turning red as Ewell turns the air blue.

2/15/2009 10:11 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: Good one, Susan

2/15/2009 10:11 pm (et) Susansweet: Pvt is is that

2/15/2009 10:11 pm (et) bluelady: Ewwll that was well done. I don't see how a man of your habits and who uses language like yours can do his work so well. Jackson did say that at one time to him.

2/15/2009 10:12 pm (et) bluelady: LF I did see Little Sorrell and that IS a small horse

2/15/2009 10:13 pm (et) Susansweet: I missed VMI when I went through Lexington sigh, and the Jackson house was being repaired.

2/15/2009 10:13 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: It said Jackson was almost six feet. Can't imagine what he looked like on Sorrell. I;ll have to look up a picture.

2/15/2009 10:13 pm (et) Susansweet: Only saw the grave sites.

2/15/2009 10:13 pm (et) Pvt Miles: That is one ugly looking horse.

2/15/2009 10:14 pm (et) bluelady: His troops would cheer and laugh as he rode by...the humor of such a big man on a little horse.

2/15/2009 10:14 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: We saw Jackson's house but wish I had read this first.

2/15/2009 10:14 pm (et) Susansweet: But he liked him for his easy riding.

2/15/2009 10:14 pm (et) ole: Portrait artists tend to put generals on noble steeds.

2/15/2009 10:14 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: Maybe he looked better alive.

2/15/2009 10:15 pm (et) Susansweet: Or make statue's of Super Jackson like at Manassas.

2/15/2009 10:15 pm (et) bluelady: I've been the Jackson's house, the grave sites and the VMI.

2/15/2009 10:15 pm (et) Susansweet: Any other comments on this chapter or Ewell and Jackson?

2/15/2009 10:15 pm (et) Susansweet: They were a very Odd Couple.

2/15/2009 10:15 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: His horse sort of fit him, though, don't you think?

2/15/2009 10:16 pm (et) bluelady: Very Odd but for one campaign they got the job done.

2/15/2009 10:16 pm (et) Susansweet: Next week's reading assignment is Page 294 From Under the Little Faded Cap through High Hopes and Paranoia ending on page 356.

2/15/2009 10:16 pm (et) Susansweet: They sure did.

2/15/2009 10:16 pm (et) mobile_96: Agree LF, 2 peas in a pod.

2/15/2009 10:16 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: Yes, poor Ewell arriving to see Jackson, and Jackson just leaving him there with no instruction.

2/15/2009 10:16 pm (et) ole: When you spend a lot of time in the saddle, you tend to favor the horse that rides easy. Save the noble steed for parades.

2/15/2009 10:16 pm (et) Susansweet: I was reading this chapter and got so into it I kept reading the next chapter to find out more about Jackson.

2/15/2009 10:16 pm (et) Susansweet: Didn't even realize I had read over the assignment.

2/15/2009 10:17 pm (et) bluelady: I knew I did..I never know how busy I will be.

2/15/2009 10:17 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: I read the next chapter because I thought we were supposed to.

2/15/2009 10:17 pm (et) Babs: Overachiever.

2/15/2009 10:17 pm (et) Susansweet: Anymore comments before we close for the evening?

2/15/2009 10:17 pm (et) cwbksell: That happens often with a good book. :o)

2/15/2009 10:18 pm (et) mobile_96: Susan, I did the same thing.

2/15/2009 10:18 pm (et) Susansweet: Sure does.

2/15/2009 10:19 pm (et) Lincoln Fan: I'm learning a lot from this book, glad we chose it.

2/15/2009 10:19 pm (et) Susansweet: So this ends the chat this evening on "The Class of 1846: From West Point to Appomattox : Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and their brothers.

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