... Joe, I tend to agree 100 percent with you. I ve seen little to nothing of Bragg s ability to tactically fight a battle that would suggest to me anythingMessage 1 of 122 , May 1, 2002View Source--- In civilwarwest@y..., "hartshje" <Hartshje@a...> wrote:
> Given the inflexibility of Bragg's tactical thinking process once
> conditions on the battlefield have changed significantly, I for one
> would have to say that Bragg would most likely have flung his extra
> troops (if he had them) head-on against the re-established Union
> line, thereby greatly increasing the casualty count, but not
> altering the results one iota !!
I tend to agree 100 percent with you. I've seen little to nothing of
Bragg's ability to tactically fight a battle that would suggest to me
anything different would have happened, other than to increase
About the only way that one can come up with the "improved" scenario
is to look at it look at it more as a war-gaming scenario, and ignore
who was actually on the field.
>If not Davis, then whom? Toombs?
> As far as the biggest blunder, IMO that would have been the
> election of J.Davis as President.
Villa Hills, KY
... Well, OK. :-) I m not sure of the exact timing, but it was probably about June 1 or so when Grant got his besieging lines wrapped to the Mississippi on theMessage 122 of 122 , May 19, 2002View Source--- In civilwarwest@y..., "carlw4514" <carlw4514@y...> wrote:
> I confess I'm not sure, maybe we'll hear from Dave Smith on this.Well, OK. :-)
I'm not sure of the exact timing, but it was probably about June 1 or
so when Grant got his besieging lines wrapped to the Mississippi on
the southern end, covering Halls Ferry and the Warrenton Roads.
Until then, Pemberton had the option of trying to break out to the
South, but that had to be a very iffy proposition.
For sure, Pemberton losed most of his artillery, including a lot of
the mobile stuff, as well as all of his wounded.
He has to get south of the Big Black, and probably use the Port
Gibson / Jackson Road as a nexus to get to Jackson. Johnston can't
really help him, and he (Pemberton) is moving away from Johnston.
At this point, roles are reversed - Pemberton is moving on exterior
lines, and Grant on interior. Not an easy proposition.
I'd guess had he tried, Pemberton would have lost the city, 3/4 of
his artillery, and probably half of whatever he tried to get out with.
I simply cannot see Grant remaining inert during this time, and idly
letting Pemberton get out.
Villa Hills, KY