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> ... If a steady stream of men made it through--regardless as to
> whether McPherson was in the front, middle, rear, or absent--there
> would have been sufficient troops to have placed a blocking force
> across Johnston's lines of communication and retreat.
Some interesting points but the one copied above is speculation. If
a steady stream of men had followed, Johnston would have reacted
differently thus I do not see how the above conclusion is reached.
> 5) Lastly, even with the most modest orders of merely hiding in
> mouth of the gap and striking the retreating AoT in the flank,
> McPherson failed to do that or any significant damage.
The AoT did not present an exposed flank for McPherson to strike
at. The force in Resaca continued to grow as Loring's Divison
arrived from Alabama; Martin's cavalry were observing McPherson
closely; and in the aftermath of McPherson's movement Johnston had
directed that Walker's division as well as Grigsby's cavalry brigade
take a position watching McPherson's position along the route that
passes north of Resaca with Cleburne's division nearby in support.