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36504Re: AS Johnston: The Right Plan?

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  • bjer50010
    Jan 12, 2006
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      --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, "civilwargroups"
      <civilwargroups@y...> wrote:
      > In an effort to move to newer fields ...
      > Grant thought that Crump's Landing, not Pittsburg Landing, was where
      > his command was most vulnerable.

      There was good reason to think that. Lew Wallace had, earlier in the
      month, moved his entire command near to Purdy on a scouting mission
      and had encountered some resistance. It wasn't very much, but under
      the circumstances, it caused him to write to Grant about how
      vulnerable he was. Grant countered by ordering WHL Wallace to be
      ready to support Lew Wallace.

      > Would it not have been better in
      > fact for AS Johnston to strike at Wallace first, cutting off the
      > Pittsburg Landing contingent, and then move in for the kill?

      Simple answer, No. Johnston couldn't afford to mass his troops
      towards Purdy, which he would have had to do to have a reasonable
      chance of success. Even with a significant force available, Lew
      Wallace's position wasn't really that vulnerable. He positioned one
      brigade at Adamsville about 5 miles from the landing. His 2nd brigade
      was about 2-3 miles away at Stoney Lonesome and his 1st brigade at the
      landing itself. In response to an attack both of these brigades could
      have quickly marched to support his 3rd brigade. Furthermore, both
      WHL Wallace and Sherman were within supporting distance. Ironically,
      the Shunpike, which was a poor route to the actual battlefield, would
      have been ideal to counter any Confederate attack on Wallace's

      JB Jewell
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