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William S. Rosecrans

Discussion in 'Civil War History - General Discussion' started by tlyne, Apr 26, 2016.

  1. tlyne

    tlyne Private

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    Statue of William Rosecrans on the town square of Sunbury, OH. Also the "Rosecrans Room" of the Myers House Museum in the town.

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  3. Allie

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    Nifty! I have a relative, George Washington Landrum, who was one of his couriers.
     
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    leftyhunter Lt. Colonel

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    We had a few long threads on Rosecrans a few months ago. Rosecrans definitely has his fans and detractors.
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    He was a devout Catholic. They say that when he made the sign of the cross during a hot moment at Chickamauga, the troops nearby knew that their goose was cooked, and shortly after, they tucked tail and ran.

    I have a lot of respect for his craftiness in the Tullahoma Campaign.
     
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  6. tlyne

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    His brother, Sylvester Horton Rosecrans, was a Catholic Bishop. Zanesville (OH) Rosecrans High School is named for him.
     
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    I still have a copy of the letter you posted from your ancestor. It's made the rounds in my family. Thanks again it gave us some great insight into Stones River.
     
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    Thanks for sharing the pictures! I always thought that Rosey was a very interesting part of the ACW and that his Tullahoma Campaign really was absolutely brilliant.
     
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    I haven't seen any evidence of troops who "tucked tail and ran" because of Rosecrans making the sign of the cross at Chickamauga. Charles A. Dana decades after the War wrote of seeing Rosecrans crossing himself (Rosecrans did in fact pray at the moment of Longstreet's breakthrough) and how it influenced him. I would be interested in seeing what you've read that shows how this affected his troops.

    The Tullahoma Campaign is indeed worthy of respect.
     
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    Shelby Foote, and I don't doubt it. It's just an aneqdote, meant to be humorous. Hell, even if you produced a diary of a witness to this happening, it's so funny, I'd still not believe it 100%.
    Shelby Foote was right about one thing...
    Historians have a lot to learn from writers, and writers have a lot to learn from historians. Nobody said they ran simply because he prayed. The Johnny had a lot to do with it.
     
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  11. Mark F. Jenkins

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    Popped by there today... took me absurdly long to visit, seeing how close it is to where I am, but you know how it can be with sites close to where you live...

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    Very detailed and lifelike. Apart from the color, I almost expected him to look down and demand to know what I was staring at...

    An interesting bit on the back of the historical marker as well:

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