Van Dorn was never the brightest..just read any book on Pea
Ridge..other than a brief victory at Holly Springs...he was pretty
much a failure...a lot of people contribute the fall of Vicksburg to
Pemberton but the seeds were sown with Van Dorn..
As far as the Arkansas...General Brown,the commander, was ill when
he learned of Van Dorn sending the Arkansas to Baton Rouge. He left
his sick bed to try and stop the Arkansas but was too late..
Just another example of failed leadership in the West.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, basecat1@a... wrote:
> In a message dated 2/28/2005 9:08:49 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> CAMPAIGN62@A... writes:
> Imagine having to run through an entire fleet. And doing it
> agree.`Monitor vs.`"MerrimacK" is better known, but that's just
> in Civil war Studies.
> Just a thought here about the Arkansas, the ship did not fail, but
was put in
> a no win situation by Van Dorn. Amazing to me, that it was
ordered to join
> in on the fight at Baton Rouge, and yet the commander had no clue
as to the
> skeleton crew the ship had, or any knowledge that it was not
> repaired after its first runin with the Union Navy.
> Regards from the Garden State,
> Steve Basic