Colonel Hatch’s Report

I’ve added Col. Hatch’s report  as submitted to Gen. Pope on Oct. 3, 1881, and published in the Annual Report of the Secretary of War for the Year 1881, pp. 126-27, in Sources. As usual, there are contradictions with other accounts, and there are several points on which my own reconstruction of events differs from Hatch’s report. Like everyone else involved, the colonel had his own agenda — his regiment’s reputation as well as his own chance at a general’s star was on the line — but it’s one of the key primary documents on the Raid and should be read in full by anyone interested in these events.

 

 

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