Yes Gregg, you and Eric would be great on that project. I have been sick with the flu this week. The weather here is crazy, last weekend was in the mid 60's mon-Thursday it got down to the 20's with a litle snow.
I was just reading the latest north/south magazine about William C. Oates. Even the best writers get things wrong. For an example we have all been told and read that Oates was a "Colonel" and in charge of the 15th Alabama regiment at Gettysburg....
Come to find out Oates was neither! Captain Oates was suppose to have been promoted to Lt.Col on April 28, 1863 and Major Feagin to Colonel. Oates' promotion was not confirmed and he was promoted to Major the same date. So basically history has it very wrong on "Col Oates". Lt. Col Feagin was wounded early at Gettysburg, never says when, where or how.
Jordon, "Some Events and Incidents Page 45 for Lt. Col Feagin's wound.
Krick, Lee's Colonels, page 122 and 268.
History of the 15th Alabama, page 222
I just got done reading Gordon C. Rhea's Cold Harbor book, and they all call Oates "Colonel". Oates was not even in command of the 15th Alabama at Cold Harbor, Col Lowther took command of the regiment. Lowther was in the hospital from at least June 7th-25th, 1864. Oates took command of the 48th Alabama after that regiment had been led by a captain since Chickamagua. Oates had to have taken command of the 48th Al by at least late May early June 1864. Oates was wounded in August 1864 losing a arm.
Oates claims that when Col Alexander A. Lowther took command of the 15th Alabama he (Oates) was appointed Lt.Col of the 48th Alabama. Oates commission to Col was never confirmed , and he did not become a Lt.Col untill December 7th, 1864. He was neither Colonel nor Lt.Col of the 48th Alabama.
Oates, History of the 15th Ala, pp 369-372.
I bought a great book that I hope you either have or can find, this book is amazing.
"The Confederate Order of Battle" The Army of northern virginia. Vol 1 by F. Ray Sibley, Jr.
The book was around 100 dollars, Its big and the color of the book is red. I got it at the 1st Manassas battlefield bookstore.