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, "bjer50010" <bjewell@i...> wrote:
> > A separate question is whether Wallace should have known
> better at
> > the time.
> The answer is yes, he should have known it at the time. He and
> WHL Wallace had agreed to come to each other's aid. Since
> WHL's camps are close to the point at which Lew actually did
> arrive on the field, he should have known that was the closer
> route. In addition, the River Rd. bridge was repaired and the
> road partially cordouroyed in part by Lew Wallace's men. How
> could he not have known about the River Rd?
As far as I recall, the arrangement with WHL Wallace was in order to
ensure reinforcements for Lew, not the other way around. So all Lew
needed to worry about was getting a message through and that WHL knew
where to find him. Also, this arrangement was being made on (IIRC)
the 4th, so it was a relatively new task. Could it have been done
better? Sure. I just don't take as critical view of Wallace as you.
Like the other commanders involved, Wallace was functioning under a
preconceived notion of how the campaign would unfold: they were on
the offense; the rebs were on defense. So he spent his time learning
the roads forward toward Purdy, instead of toward Pittsburg Landing.