27746Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Questions on Shiloh
- Jun 3, 2004
>In otherwords, the battle of Shiloh was in a sense, amass raiding attack to destroy the enemy, gather as
much spoils of war that you could, and then get back
to your main base at Corinth.
Then why wasn't this stated _before_ the attack? Why
were there not empty wagons or any other provision
made for carrying back these "spoils?" Why was there
no plan for a return march? Why was Knoxville stated
_twice_ in planning as the goal of the offensive? And
how, exactly, was a "raid" going to destroy Buell on
the eastern side of the Tennessee, as Johnston stated
he wanted to do after he dealt with Grant?
>I can see this since Shiloh did not contain anystrategic importance.
As the closest the Tennesee River gets to Corinth and
the crucial rail junctions joining two halves of the
Confederacy together, Pittsburg Landing and Crump's
Landing had more strategic importance than any other
point in middle Tennessee.
John D. Beatty, Milwaukee Wisconsin
"History is the only test for the consequences of ideas"
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