Re: [WarOf1812] 'Fair' history, was Naval Battles
- In a message dated 8/2/2000 2:11:04 PM Central Daylight Time,
<< Have you read N.F. Dixon, On the Psychology of Military Incompetence.
(1976)? Written by a combat officer (Royal Engineers), and psychiatrist. He
adopts Janis's notion
of 'Groupthink' very well.>>
Oh yes, great book!
>Yet there are and were Generals and Field Marshals who did not accept this
> I think Wellington put it well when he said you might as well try to write
> the history of a ball as a battle. You might know who attended and some of
> the major events but to work out exactly who was dancing with whom at which
> particular point was impossible.
point of view, and went ahead and wrote their versions of battles and
campaigns - Eisenhower,
Montgomery, Horrocks, Schwarzkopf come to mind. None of them were trained
historians. But their 'accounts' are useful in adding to the collection of
data, which in
cludes their own personality and character. None contain THE truth, as you
>>The thing is that you can believe what an individual says from his own point
of view, after all if your company catches a blast of grape you are likely to
think that casualties are devastating whereas if you are a bit further down
the line and your regiment is not touched you will think that casualties are
very light. Seemingly conflicting accounts CAN be true, just not the WHOLE
- In a message dated 8/7/2000 10:41:04 AM Central Daylight Time,
<< And I think that we already discussed that it was
S.O.P in those days to toast a city AFter everybody
but the rearguard had passed through, and we are in
agreement that Jackson was both pragmatic and
cold-blooded enough to stick the local boys with the
distinct oppoprtunity to defend their Gallic honor by
being tasked with the job of slowing down the Brits
"until the wounded and woman and children have been
safely moved to a place of safety (Natchez just popped
into my head<g>)"
Ah but you forget Fitz,Vincent Nalty for one had already guessed what was in
the back of Jackson's mind. Several of the locals were already very anti
Jackson so I think the idea that Jackson and the regulars would be alowed to
swan throgh town while the locals were assigned to a second defense is not in
the realm of reality. It is always wise to remember that the Ursuline Nuns
were praying for the intercession of Our Lady of Prompt Succour that the city
be saved, this is usually interpreted as praying for the defeat of the
British but that is not necessarily so!
<<BTW, I get the impression that you are familier with
historical miniatures wargaming, from your book - may
I ask what rules are currently being used there with
the group in Chalmette? Just Curious. >>
I am afraid not, I gave up wargaming when I discovered re-enactment. That
section of the book was written by someone else, its part of the Osprey
format. Personally I would have liked to put more about the battle in it.