... If those were my choices, if I was Jeff Davis I would have voted for better delaying action [g] ... at one point we were discussing this. Apparently HoodMessage 1 of 31 , Apr 8, 2009View Source
>its not at all clear that a better or worse delaying action inIf those were my choices, if I was Jeff Davis I would have voted for 'better delaying action' [g]
>front of Atlanta would have made any difference in the conflict >overall.
>Once Atlanta fell, Hood took the Army of Tennessee around Sherman and >tried to get the Yankees follow him back northat one point we were discussing this. Apparently Hood felt that the best way to handle such a surprise as Sherman abandoning his supply lines was to surprise him back and retake Tennessee. I think Johnston would not have done what Hood did, realizing the Feds would be ready for this.
Point is basing future operations based on what the enemy may or may not do is less planning than it is praying. ___________________________ John D. BeattyMessage 31 of 31 , Apr 8, 2009View SourcePoint is basing future operations based on what the enemy may or may not do is less planning than it is praying.
John D. Beatty
Co-Author of "What Were They Thinking" from Merriam Press/Lulu
"History is our only test for the consequences of ideas"
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Subject: [civilwarwest] Re: sherman's better opponent
From: "gnrljejohnston" <GnrlJEJohnston@...>
Date: Tue, April 07, 2009 7:56 pm
While "waiting till a more powerful opponent made a mistake" has a visceral appeal, the Federals were orders of magnitude more powerful than the Confederates. It would have to have been a whopper, and Sherman just didn't blunder that badly by 1864.
The mistake may have been made not necessarily by Sherman, but by Schofield, McPherson, or Thomas or by one of their subordinates. This came close to be several times. Johnston acted on these a couple of times, but his orders were not followed by subordinates, and thus any victorious action by the Confederates, was defeated before it even started Granted, the Confederates with their disfunctional command structure were more apt to make a mistake, the Union could do so also.