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10265Re: What the historians say (Snake Creek Gap)

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  • melchizedek22
    Apr 2, 2002
      --- In civilwarwest@y..., FLYNSWEDE@A... wrote:
      > In a message dated 4/1/2002 9:36:05 AM Eastern Standard Time,
      > carlw4514@y... writes:
      > > What do you think about
      > > Wheeler's performance? Does he deserve criticism if not "scapegoat"
      > > status?
      > > carl
      > >
      > 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
      > troops.
      > 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.
      > Wayne

      Sherman,also taught Nero to play the fiddle/ The Baron
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