Well I think at the time that Bragg s defense of Chattanooga was the most important front in the Confederacy. Johnston s command in Mississippi was greatly
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, Dec 10 6:59 AM
Well I think at the time that Bragg's defense of Chattanooga was the most important front in the Confederacy. Johnston's command in Mississippi was greatly reduced in importance after the fall of Vicksburg.
-----Original Message----- From: GnrlJEJohnston@... To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Sat, 10 Dec 2005 09:39:09 EST Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Grimsley's blog
In a message dated 12/10/2005 8:56:07 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, DPowell334@... writes:
Look at the number of times in the OR that Johnston reiterates to Bragg that the troops sent are "only a loan" or that he asks for them back. Moreover, There are two large infantry divisions - French and Loring - that Johnston still retains.
To look at this realistically, how many troops did Bragg have and how many troops did Johnston have. What areas did these troops have to protect. What ratio of Union troops to the troops they had under their command.
It is easy for us to say that he did this or he didn't do this etc etc, but what
conditions did he face or could possibly face. What could have he done and if he did, what consequences did he face as a result of his actions.. This applies to both Johnston and Bragg.
I wouldn't dispute Newton's numbers. 11-7 is pretty close to 10-7 <g>
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