19644Re: Bragg and Longstreet
- Aug 1, 2003--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Dave Smith" <dmsmith001@y...>
> I don't know of any communication between Longstreet and Davis
> regarding Bragg that wasn't in some way initiated by Davis - which
> was wont to do. See the Johnston - Pemberton - Davis ring-around-the-
> rosey at Vicksburg.Dave,
Thanks for the reply. However, this is not my understanding of how
Longstreet initially dealt with his opposition to Bragg and the
reasons for his leaving Bragg's command.
The following is from a book I have, titled 'The Fight for
Chattanooga' by Jerry Korn detailing how the CSA command was in
disarray "... Bragg's subordinates were attempting once again to have
him replaced as commander of the Army of Tennessee. Arrayed against
Bragg was a formidable roster of generals, headed by James
Longstreet, Polk, Daniel Harvey Hill and Simon Buckner, all corps
commanders. On October 4 these officers - and eight other generals
commanding divisions or brigades - sent a formal petition to
Jefferson Davis urging Bragg's removal." This suggests that the
initial communication was at the behest of Longstreet, not Davis as
you might of thought.
The lack of trust displayed between the two was demonstrated in the
petition which stated that Bragg's army was "stricken with a complete
paralysis" and as such "unfits him [Bragg] for the command of an army
in the field".
I stated yesterday that I believed Longstreet to have been demoted.
I take the point that he was not in fact demoted in rank, but he was
stripped of two divisions - retaining only two from Virginia. An
effective halving of his command.
Longstreet later failed to advise Bragg of the Federal advance to
Brown's Ferry. He then disobeyed Bragg, who had given him an
additional divison, to attck the bridge at Brown's Ferry and made a
precipitous night attack on Geary's troops at Wauhatchie. This
foolish action ended in farce with Longstreet being attacked by
cavalry (in fact mules who had broken loose and stampeded into
Finally, Bragg's opinion of Longstreet. On Longstreet's departure to
Knoxville, Bragg wote to Davis on 31st October saying that his
leaving "... will be great relief to me."
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