- Sep 5, 2005--- In email@example.com, keeno2@a... wrote:
> Thanks, Mark, for the heads-up on Moore's article.his staff
> Given Grant's distaste for mathematics, I suspect he simply kept on
> people who could reliably do those calculations for him. His logisticalcould not.
> "talent" was likely in intuitively knowing what could work and what
As to Grant's mathematical/logistical skills, IIRC, he once ordered
that a certain number of wagons carry a specified amount of
ammunition. He had to be told that the weight of the ammo which he
requested was much too much for each wagonload, and that the number of
wagons would consequently have to be increased.
> Of course, when planning a move, he was not exactly starting fromscratch.
> Where his armies were parked at any given moment were gatheringpoints for
> supplies. To move any part of his army would be to movetransportation to that part
> involved. To move all of his army would involve the gathering of extraBring in that
> wagons, horses, et al.
> As Moore pointed out, the speed of the march and the front it covered
> dictated the availability of foraged sustenance. The factors boggle.
> genius Colonel. Tell him we're moving yesterday and I want thewherewithal to be
> ready the day before that.
> Thanks again.
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