7133Re: [WarOf1812] Re: War of 1812 Naval Battles
- Sep 1, 2000--- Rob Taylor <niagara_falls_98@...> wrote:
>"...and every victory is followed by a retreat..."
> --- Fitzhugh MacCrae <alaidh@...> wrote:
> This means that, with Downie's squadron
> disposed of, even a battered American squadron can
> the route of supply by simply sitting offshore and
> shelling the road.
> This is why Prevost did choose to withdraw. But
> be honest, had he pushed on he would have taken
> Plattsburgh. He could not have gone much further
> because of the supply lines, but Plattsburgh would
> have been taken. And that's all that Wellington's
> veterans wanted.
(Wellington, 1814, discussing the war in America)
As far as the artillery having
> stopped the troops in their tracks, by sheer numbersThe British advance was funneled by a bridge on the
> alone they could have recovered and pushed on if
> did indeed happen (I have not read that account yet)
east and a ridge and forest on the west. Without the
support of Downie's squadron to provide defellade fire
support, it would have been a slaughter. The bridge
was 16 feet wide, and there were over 20 heavy guns
sighted in on it.
Much has been made of the carnage from Jackson's guns
firing on formed troops stuck on a limited width
frontage.... now picture the result of trying to get
even the same number of troops across that bridhe in
column, with an even greater4 nummber of guns zeroed
in on it. Macomb was an artillery officer originally,
and a good one - I cannot help but wonder if he
deliberately left the bridge up to credate a funneled
killing zone. certainly, the brigade that tried to
take the bridge only made one attempt before informing
Prevost that it was not practical without Downies
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