> That makes a lot of sense to me. I stuck the
> word "supposedly" in my posting because I had
> doubts about the "accoustic shadow" also.
> I have also read accounts that some of Grant's
> own men felt that his actions, or lack thereof,
> were governed more by the contents of a bottle
> rather than the sounds, or lack therof, of a
I believe those rumors were started by a reporter who was actually serving as a senior staff member for Gen. Rosecrans at the time. Given Rosecrans' knowledge of the story, and the absence of a rebuke, I suspect we can chalk the story up to Rosecrans trying to dodge responsiblity for the SNAFU at Iuka.