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33844Re: [civilwarwest] Re: partially OT - Army of the West vs. Army of the East

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  • hooperjwboro@comcast.net
    Sep 6, 2005
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      Greetings Hank, I will throw these facts in the equation.
      _AoNV also defended their Capital[ a real discussion on importance and outcome of capturing enemy capital ] but that is an Eastern argument.
      _ Also their were western units in the AoNV 
      _I believe the biggest problem the Western Confederate forces faced was the lack of a concentrated defence of all forces early. e.g.  Bragg's numbers loss to Vicksburg and Cavalry spread. Interesting to debate the South giving up one of the river systems and the Union responce.
      John Hooper
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      Part of the mission of the AotP was defensive - the defense of
      Washington. The western armies had no 'defense' in their missions.

      The eastern US army leaders were frequently looking over their
      shoulders to the safety of the nation's capital...


      --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, "Tom Mix" <tmix@i...> wrote:
      > I do not recall where I read it but I did read once where
      > men commented on what they viewed as more "fierceness" in the West.
      > That resolve struck them as a bit more pronounced in the West. 
      Right or
      > wrong that is what some thought after running up against the Western
      > armies. 

      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
      > On Behalf Of keeno2@a...
      > Sent: Monday, September 05, 2005 5:22 PM
      > To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] partially OT - Army of the West vs.
      Army of
      > the East

      > Bill:

      > A most interesting examination ... how did the western armies differ
      > from the eastern? We should immediately acknowledge that the AotP
      > its representation of western units -- most notably, the Iron
      > among others.

      > Next, we must agree that east and west did, in fact, have some
      > disparity. The east was more settled, the west was new and rough--
      > peopled by bold, aggresive personalities.

      > However, between the two, and I suspect Grant picked up on it, was a
      > commonality: you will not sunder this nation. Loosely interpreted,
      > Westerner was more likely to swing on you if he disagreed with your
      > premise. The Easterner would talk and discuss a bit more before he
      > a weapon.

      > Upshot? There wasn't that much substantial difference between the
      > reasons either end of the country fought. It might have been
      > from the western perspective, but in the end, it was the same as the
      > easterners.

      > Ken

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