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Re: [TalkAntietam] 3 Corps into 2 (was The Orbats at Antietam)

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  • DPowell334@AOL.COM
    Independently of this, when Bragg was with the AOT from August to October, 1863, a number of other officers found him a pain in the a**. Croaker seems an
    Message 1 of 68 , Feb 6, 2009
      Independently of this, when Bragg was with the AOT from August to October,
      1863, a number of other officers found him a pain in the a**. "Croaker" seems
      an apt description. The argument between him, Hill, and Walker on the morning
      of September 20th, while Breckinridge's division is fighting for it's life
      and desperately in need of support, is classic.

      I think Lee made the right choice.

      Dave Powell


      In a message dated 2/6/2009 7:54:49 A.M. Central Standard Time,
      gerry1952@... writes:

      Bryn;

      There might have been some personal animus there with respects to
      D H Hill.... Lee complained about Hill being a "croaker"... but
      Lee also set high stores on those who could fight but also
      administer their commands well. IIRC Harsh seems to imply D H
      Hill was not a very good administrator, although personally very
      courageous.


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    • DPowell334@AOL.COM
      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
      Message 68 of 68 , Feb 12, 2009
        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
        operational art.

        Dave Powell




        In a message dated 2/11/2009 3:21:43 P.M. Central Standard Time,
        gerry1952@... writes:

        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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