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28934RE: [civilwarwest] JEJ and the Atlanta Campaign

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  • Tom Mix
    Oct 4, 2004

      No, I’m just saying that Joe new of his weaknesses and also knew how to best work around them to gain the most practical and positive results. A full blown offensive against Sherman was probably out of the question but a limited one may have been in order and I believe he did make a few offensive thrusts. But Joe needed to use his army in more of a defensive mode, much as Lee would in 1864-65. Thus preserving his army, rebuilding moral and attempting to “bleed” Sherman.

      Tom

       

      -----Original Message-----
      From: William Gower [mailto:billgower@...]
      Sent: Monday, October 04, 2004 1:28 PM
      To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [civilwarwest] JEJ and the Atlanta Campaign

       

      So are you saying that in 1864 the AOT ceased to be capable of being an offensive army and for the rest of the war could only be on the defense?

       


      From: Tom Mix [mailto:tmix@...]
      Sent: Monday, October 04, 2004 2:25 PM
      To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [civilwarwest] JEJ and the Atlanta Campaign

       

      In conjunction with what Lee wrote, the AOT was an experienced army as well and I would not go so far as to compare Joe with Mac. Mac refused to fight even with superior odds while Joe understood his situation more realistically and took the needed actions to slow Sherman while maintaining his army. An offensive, a’la Hood, may have destroyed the AOT sooner than at Franklin.

      Tom

       

      -----Original Message-----
      From: LWhite64@... [mailto:LWhite64@...]
      Sent: Monday, October 04, 2004 1:07 PM
      To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] JEJ and the Atlanta Campaign

       

      In a message dated 10/4/2004 2:03:46 PM Eastern Standard Time, billgower@... writes:

      Was Joseph E. Johnston justified in his not wanting to take the offensive after he took over command of the Army of Tennessee?  At the time he took over he did have a demoralized, badly trained army which he rectified by the end of March

      At that point and time, yes.  The AOT was demoralized and in need of reequipping, I would not say badly trained, for all the good or bad of Braxton Bragg, one thing can be said he was a great trainer of troops. 

       

      Lee

       

       



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