Revolutionary War Weather

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  1. Disillusioned says:


  2. rah says:

    Civil war too. The battle at Gettysburg was fought July 1,2,3, 1863.
    Most of the Alabamans and Texans of Laws Brigade of Hoods division had marched 20 marched 20 miles the day before. Most of them failed to get their canteens filled before the assault. It was a hot day.

    The Alabamans attacked crossing Plum Run but there were engaged the whole time so there was no opportunity to get water from that stream. To stop to do so was almost certain death.

    They fought their way to the top of Round Top and then were ordered to turn north and hit the southern flank of the Union Army and take Little Round Top, assaulting across the saddle between the two hills and lower down through the draw between the two hills.

    Hood had been wounded, and the command of his division fell to Laws and Laws Brigade was taken by Robertson. Col. William Oates, commanding the 15th Alabama on the far right of the brigade with the 47th Alabama to his left attacked across the saddle coming up against the Union 20th Maine commanded by Lt. Col. Joshua Chamberlain.

    They made several assaults but failed to break or flank Chamberlain’s line. Without a doubt dehydration played a part in this critical engagement at Gettysburg to the advantage of the Union.

    The next day came Pickett’s Charge. The assault on the Union Center across nearly a mile of open fields was proceeded by a tremendous bombardment from the Confederate Artillery, and counter fire from Union guns. There are multiple claims that the rumble from the guns was heard up to 50 miles away. It is believed on that day there was a temperature inversion which may have helped to propagate the sound.

    Finally, after the battle as Lee retreated south with a wagon train about 15 miles long heavy thunderstorms came, as seems to have occurred quite often after major battles during that war. Lee’s retirement was hampered and delayed by the swollen streams and rivers, and particularly so at the Potomac.

    It gave Meade a great opportunity to attack Lee’s defeated and retreating Army which the Union commander failed to do.

  3. rah says:

    My Dads mother’s Maiden name was Mary Clymer. She was a direct descendent of George Clymer. George was one of only eight Founders who signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
    Note: You will find histories that say there were only 5 men who signed both documents. My own detailed investigation working with an Aunt who was researching the genealogy of our family came up with 8.

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