You may be thinking of Napoleon s Maneuver of Central Position where he would attempt to divide a foe with a wedge created by his cavalry and Advance Guard. HeMessage 1 of 6 , Jul 11, 2007View Source
You may be thinking of Napoleon’s Maneuver of Central Position where he would attempt to divide a foe with a wedge created by his cavalry and Advance Guard. He would then attack the now two enemy sections determining which one to hit first with the power while the other was held in place. After the first target is defeated his focus would move to the remaining force. This was primarily used when he was out numbered.
When Napoleon had numerical superiority he attack their front holding it in place then swing around the enemy main body with an often wide march then fall upon his rear by establishing a strong defensive position on ground of his choosing forcing the enemy to fight their way out by attacking Napoleon’s new position now in their rear cutting off communications and supply. Or they could surrender.
This was made possible by his Battalion Carre’ system where each Corps moved in a lose square with no rear or front. The front would be the part that hit the enemy first. With no rear all sections were ready for combat at a moments notice.
Think of Lew Wallace at Shiloh. When he realized that he was marching in the wrong direction, his column had to move off the road to allow the front to march to the rear and re-establish the front. While with Napoleon the back of the column would now become the front as both ends were fully capable of inducing combat. In Napoleon’s Battalion Carre each of his 4 section box was fully equipped with infantry, artillery, cavalry, medical and all essentials.
Depending on McPherson’s numerical situation either could have been used. It sounds like you may be on to something here.
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--- In civilwarwest@ yahoogroups. com, "hank9174" <clarkc@...> wrote:
>McPherson's had a favorite trick that he liked, which was to engage a
> Probably not. The largest tactical unit at the time was the regiment.
> I'd suppose there was a book review of Napoleon and Wellington.
force with his front, and then throw his reserve against one of the
Is it fair to say that this is basic Napoleonic strategy?