It was a pipe dream. About the only person who suggested he had a
chance was Henry Heth in his post-war memoirs, and his comments are
Without pontoon trains, taking Cincinnati was not realistic, and
even with them, it could not have been held.
Geoff Walden's work in Blue and Gray magazine is probably the most
detailed account of the Cincinnati portion of the Kentucky invasion.
That article is on the Cincinnati CWRT Web site, under Panic on the
and printed with permission from B&G.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, civilwarlady@y... wrote:
> Let me run this one past you folks. How close to you believe
> Smith really came to invading Cincinnati? Squirrel Hunters aside,
> you think Cincy was well protected? Could he have been successful?
> My personal thought it that there is no way the Confederates could
> have crossed at Cincy and successfully taken the city. They may
> been successful crossing up or down river and attacking it from
> land side, but I don't believe they could have gotten enough of a
> force across the river to hold long enough for reenforcement to
> the crossing.
> How do you folks think about this?