soldier with rifle american civil warSpecial Order 191
RUSE OF WAR

 

Lee's Ruse of War: Special Order 191 ©


By: Joe Ryan


Supporting Documents Exhibits


Reverend Dr. John Ross Video

 

Two Paragraph version of the Order, Written by A.P. Mason
A.P. Mason's two paragraph order was obviously written first.

Davis's copy, written in Charles Marshall's hand

Chilton's letterbook copy of the merged orders, written by Mason

D.H. Hill's copy of the Order Written by Stonewall Jackson

McClellan's Copy of Special Order 191
Watermark on General McClellan's Copy of Special Order 191

Chilton Letter To President Jefferson Davis

JEB Stuart's field note signed and addressed to Lee 1864
Examples of Stuart's documented handwriting

Three Cigars wrapped in Order 191

Theater of Operations

The text of Stuart's 9/12/62 letter to his wife, Flora
as presented to the public by the Virginia Historical Society
.
The document presented is not written in Stuart's hand

Exhibit Documents Collected by Joseph Ryan

 

The Battle of Antietam did not happen by accident, it was carefully planned, which turns the focus on Lee himself, the kind of man, general, that he was. He didn't wander around in confusion. He had a purpose, a mindset, an objective which he realized through maneuver.

If McClellan had seen through the ruse and had the courage, he would have raced straight for Crampton's Gap and Harper's Ferry, determined to wipe out McLaws's two divisions in Pleasant Valley and try to get between Lee and the Potomac, crushing Lee before he can reunite with Jackson.

If nothing else was certain, the movement would certainly have forced Lee to race for Williamsport and get back into Virginia. At which point, using the Ferry as his base, McClellan (if he had courage) would move toward Winchester to engage Jackson and Lee.......... Author               Position Paper

 

 


Antietam: Lee's Lost Order. The Sesquicentennial Edition