23529Joe Johnston as weak link
- Oct 17, 2003--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "james2044" <james2044@h...>
> I don't agree that JE Johnston is the "weak link" in the west.We would significantly disagree, then. As little a proponent of
Braxton Bragg as I am, at least he was willing to role the dice and
Joe Johnston was not. Whether we are talking about the Vicksburg
campaign or the Atlanta campaign, both were characterized by lack of
initiative, ducking of clearly defined responsibility, and a
consistent unwillingness to take chances.
> Many people, at that time, felt it was wrong to speak againstJohnston's orders *clearly* gave him both authority and
> someone if they would profit from it. JEJ, refused to step in and
> remove Bragg knowing he would be his replacement.
responsibility to do so.
If he was unwilling to carry out the scope of his command
responsibilities, he should have resigned. But it does no good to
have a commander in place who is unwilling to fullfil the scope of
and character of his command.
> Davis knew thatWrong. It wasn't the best decision (though good from an
> the AoT was having very real problems with Bragg, knew that the
> west had real problems in command & control, knew that Polk & K.
> Smith normally did as the pleased, knew that Van Dorn was unfit for
> command and did nothing.
administrative sense), but Davis put Pemberton in charge of
Mississippi and East Louisiana following the debacles of Corinth and
He further put Johnston in a super-departmental command, in order to
try to put a veteran, seasoned officer in charge to make decisions
east of the Mississippi River that would bring harmony to the three
departments of Pemberton, Smith and Bragg.
Davis hoped that Johnston would solve the problems inherent in the
Kentucky invasion between Price (Van Dorn), Bragg, and Smith.
Johnston ducked the responsibility, citing a whole litany of excuses
over the next nine months.
> When Davis did make a command change inBragg was ineffective, so was Johnston. Who next? At least Hood
> the AoT, he put Hood in charge. Even Lee refused to endorse that
promised aggressive action.