Re: The Orbats at Antietam
- --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "Thomas Clemens" <clemenst@...>
>although in practical effect much earlier, was suspended by order of
> The wing command of Burnside, formailized in writing on the 14th,
McClellan on Sept. 15. See OR series 1, Vol. 19. pt. 2, p 297. If
Burnside ignored a Special Order from Army HQ, that was his problem,
>It is true that for a period on the 15th Burnside was a CC again,
until Sykes' Regular Division arrives, and McClellan returns Burnside
to Wing Command ("Ninth Army Corps etc." in the OR), his wing now
consisting of the 9th Corps, 5th Corps and Kanawha Division.
Note how Carman's maps have Sykes' Division conforming to Wilcox's
line during the assaults of the early afternoon...
- Jackson has some real problems as a tactical commander, and he keeps making
the same mistakes, which suggests that he wasn't very introspective about
developing those skills. None of his battles really display a flair for tactics,
even Chancellorsville, where his choices of divisions in line instead of
column greatly complicated his own attack.
That said, he was quite effective at what we today would call the
In a message dated 2/11/2009 3:21:43 P.M. Central Standard Time,
Gary Echelbarger is also a great source on the Valley Campaign of
1862. Mildly said, Jackson got very lucky in the Valley in 1862..
the only Federal commander to beat him, and do so pretty soundly,
was James Shields. (Even there, actual field commander was Nathan
Kimball.) That said, Jackson had, after Shields, mediocre Federal
commanders to contend with....
Yr. Obt. Svt.
G E "Gerry" Mayers
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