Monday, November 11, 2013

November 9, 1863 (Monday): The President's Congratulations

General George Meade

WASHINGTON, November 9, 1863-7. 30 p. m.
Major-General MEADE:
    I have sent your dispatches about operations on the Rappahannock on Saturday, and I wish to say, "Well done. " Do the 1,500 prisoners reported by General Sedgwick include the 400 taken by General French, or do the whole amount to 1,900?


Official Records, Series I., Vol. 29, Part 2, Page 443.

Meade could use Lincoln's good will.  The President was not convinced Meade was the right man to command he Army of the Potomac.  There was no "well done" coming for the Confederate command structure.  The failure to see the defects in the redoubts at Rappahannock Station resulted in the loss of 2,000 veteran infantrymen who would not be easily replaced.

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