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23424Re: [civilwarwest] Longstreet move west

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  • Martin Williams
    Oct 11, 2003
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      What I remember of this is that all of Longstreet's Corps- Hood's, McLaws', and Pickett's Divisions- were supposed to go, at least in the first draft of the plan.  Pickett himself pointed out that the three (Virginia) brigades he actually had present at Gettysburg were in no shape for further action, so he and they were left in Virginia.  Of the other two, Jenkins' South Carolina Brigade was attached to Hood's Division, thus laying the foundations for the feud with Law, and Corse's Virginia Brigade presumably would have been attached to McLaws' Division.  I say "presumably" because when Richmond took another look at the situation it remembered that Corse had been sent off to southwestern Virginia in response to the other part of the problem- Burnside's advance from Knoxville toward that area.  So, another Virginia brigade, Wise's, which was on garrison duty, was sent instead. 
      (For those keeping track of such things, Wise's was the only Virginia brigade sent in Longstreet's Corps.  Hood's Division included the Texas Brigade, which also had the AoNV's only Arkansas regiment, one brigade from Alabama and two from Georgia.  McLaw's Division had one brigade from Mississippi, one from South Carolina, and two from Georgia.  I mention this because McMurry in "Two Great Rebel Armies" implies somewhere- I have the book in front of me but I haven't got time to look for the citation- that the Corps consisted of nothing but Virginia brigades.)
      Next, I recall reading that Richmond considered that two of the four Georgia brigades could not be taken all the way into Georgia because of morale problems.  That might have been due to hard fighting or just plain homesickness or both.  Instead they were supposed to be sent to Charleston to replace brigades from its garrison.  I further think these two brigades recovered in time to join the Corps before Chattanooga and from there went to Knoxville.   Again, I'd follow up on who actually went where for how long but I'm running out of time.
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      From: hank9174
      Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2003 9:15 AM
      Subject: [civilwarwest] Longstreet move west

      Did Bragg know the size of Longsteet's reinforcement and it's
      timetable of arrival from the east in September 1863?

      I'm amazed that Bragg would start the battle of Chickamauga before
      the entire force was up. 3 brigades took part in the battle, but 5
      brigades and the artillery battalion of 30 guns arrived too late.

      Consider that Bragg had a deficiency of infantry and was fighting on
      the tactical offensive. Did he wish the AoT to have a victory without
      the help of Longstreet's columns?

      I wonder how much he knew of their imminent arrival as no one
      prepared to meet Longstreet and escort him to HQ. IIRC, it was 10
      days from departure at Louisa Court House until the ANV forces were
      completely deployed.


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