GDG- "Lee's Illness Lost Gettysburg"

Jack Lawrence jlawrence at kc.rr.com
Thu Jan 26 19:06:45 CST 2012


So Lee was stoned during the Battle of Gettysburg?
Maybe this explains Armistead skewering his own hat.

Regards,

Jack
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Barrett" <tbarrett21 at cox.net>
To: "'GDG'" <gettysburg at arthes.com>
Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2012 6:51 PM
Subject: Re: GDG- "Lee's Illness Lost Gettysburg"


> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> Somewhere in my reading on the subject over the last year or so there was 
> as
> doctor who described carrying two "balls of medicine" in his right and 
> left
> pockets.  One was something they used as a laxative to relieve 
> constipation
> (caused by the diet) and the other was some form of opium to relieve
> diarrhea (usually caused by stuff in the water).  He'd walk down a line of
> troops, most of whom were suffering from one or the other, reach in his
> pocket and treat their symptoms.
>
> Anyway, that's how common opiates were during the war.
>
> One theory was that REL had dysentery during the BoG.  The treatment for
> that was opium or stronger. It will slow the diarrhea, but it has, uh, 
> side
> effects.  Like "I can do anything!" side effects.
>
> Just saying.
>
> REL's performance at G'burg is a textbook example of how not to manage a
> battle.  I'm not "Lost Causing" him because he might have been hammered on
> opium.  I'm just wondering.  Heart attacks (been there) don't give you
> delusions of grandeur.
>
> Regards,
>
> TB
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: gettysburg-bounces at arthes.com [mailto:gettysburg-bounces at arthes.com]
> On Behalf Of dherko at kc.rr.com
> Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2012 7:27 PM
> To: GDG
> Subject: Re: GDG- "Lee's Illness Lost Gettysburg"
>
> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> I think the proper response is LOL
>
> VR
> Don Herko
> ---- Jack Lawrence <jlawrence at kc.rr.com> wrote:
>> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
>> Poor decisions.
>> Obstinancy.
>> Being outnumbered.
>> Failure to listen to subordinates.
>> All the usual things.
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Jack
>>
>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> From: "Dave Ward " <dlwdaw at hotmail.com>
>> To: <CWMHTours at aol.com>; <gettysburg at arthes.com>
>> Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2012 5:08 PM
>> Subject: Re: GDG- "Lee's Illness Lost Gettysburg"
>>
>>
>> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
>> What were his symptoms?
>> Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile
>>
>
>
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