32932Re: 1st Victory
- Jul 31, 2005--- In email@example.com, Bob Taubman <rtaubman@r...> wrote:
> First "significant" victory, would IMHO be a more appropriatedefintion for Mill Springs. Most civil war historians would give
Thomas that credit.
The only quibble that I would make is that Mill Springs might better
be termed a significant *battlefield* victory whereas the fighting in
West Virginia could be said to have culminated in an earlier
*strategic* victory for the Union (not that Mill Springs wasn't also a
strategic victory). The battle of Rich Mountain was far smaller in
size and intensity than Mill Springs.
Similarly, Fort Henry was not much of a battle, but it had a
significant strategic effect. Fort Donelson was both a battle and a
strategic victory of a much larger order than any of the other actions
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