In a message dated 11/26/2005 11:59:41 AM Mountain Standard Time,
I think Teetor is over-compensating, and his book is not that good.
White had no experience, and his major claim to a generalship was being
an friend of Lincoln.
I'm not completely sold on Teetor's ideas (halfway thru book) but I do
remember seeing in the Harpers Ferry commission report in the OR that they also
thought White was a good guy. I'm just wondering why in 1862 other officers
thought White was a good commander. It doesn't seem from Warner that he had
any great history. Do you think just being a friend of Lincoln made him seem
like a great guy or is part of his reputation the fact that Miles didn't do a
great job so White looks good because people figure he couldn't have done
Reading Teetor he seems to really be going down the path (only halfway thru
yet so not sure if this is where he's going) that Miles purposefully did
things to lose Harpers Ferry. That it wasn't just a matter of him not
understanding the proper way to defend HF, that he wanted to help the Confederacy. So
I guess the question is, is there a way to defend HF against that many
Confederates? If Miles had drawn everybody over to Maryland Heights would that
have prevented HF from falling? How would he supply himself if he puts everyone
on Maryland Heights?
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