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28947Re: [civilwarwest] JEJ and the Atlanta Campaign

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  • DPowell334@AOL.COM
    Oct 4, 2004
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      In a message dated 10/4/2004 5:38:00 PM Central Daylight Time, r_moody@... writes:

      With an Army half the size of his foe and a single
      supply source what alternative did he have?  There is
      plenty of evidence to support the idea that Sherman
      wished that Johnston would, stay in one place and
      fight it out, allowing him to surround him and cut off
      his supplies.

      The classic one of the best generals of history. In order to outflank Johnston, Sherman had to divide his army. Each time he does, he takes a grave risk of being defeated in detail or cut off himself. JEJ has the advantage of interior lines.

      Add to that the increase in Strength when Polk arrives, and suddenly, JEJ has 75,000 men, more like 3/4 of Sherman's army, without the need to divide forces or take nearly as grave risks as Sherman.

      Finally, effective use of cav might well have forced sherman to divert even more men to guarding his rear, further lessening the odds.

      There are many historical examples of how to properly conduct such a campaign. JEJ's answer, however, is not one of them.

      Dave Powell
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