10265Re: What the historians say (Snake Creek Gap)
- Apr 2, 2002--- In civilwarwest@y..., FLYNSWEDE@A... wrote:
> In a message dated 4/1/2002 9:36:05 AM Eastern Standard Time,Sherman,also taught Nero to play the fiddle/ The Baron
> carlw4514@y... writes:
> > What do you think about
> > Wheeler's performance? Does he deserve criticism if not "scapegoat"
> > status?
> > carl
> Wheeler does deserve some criticism but he should not be the scapegoat. I
> tend to think of Wheeler's age and the possibility of mistakes as a result of
> either immaturity or just as a result of faulty judgement. Wheeler, like
> Forrest, liked to raid more than be the eyes of the army. Apparently, his
> troops did keep JEJ informed fairly well on McPhersons movements. Now
> according to what I have discovered, there were two gaps that would allow
> passage of McPherson's troops to Resaca, with SCG being the narrowist. The
> other gap was fairly well fortifide (forgot the name of that gap) and I
> assume that the forces that were there were Wheeler's, in addition to other
> It appears that Wheeler suddenly said to himself, Hey wait a minute, there
> are two gaps. I had better send a brigade over to SCG just to be on the safe
> side. Well that brigade did find out to their surprise that McPherson did
> indeed use SCG to transverse to Resaca. The rest has been well discussed.
> JEJ was the overall commander, but the commanders at Tunnel Hill, Rockyface,
> Rome, Calhoun, and Resaca had the responsibility to make sure that their
> area of command would be protected and secure without JEJ telling them what
> time to go to the outhouse. If you are in command, then command. JEJ was
> too far distant with respect to time to make each and every instant decision.
> JEJ however, as Army commander, is blamed for everything, just as Sherman
> is blamed for every fire set in the South.
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