38128Re: Bragg vs Forest
- Apr 8, 2006Mr. Moody, Compliments Sir,
I believe the Gen. pretty much hit the squirrel on the head with his
statement.And with yours it pretty much seals the deal. I believe it
was W.T.Sherman when talking of the cavalry problems in the western
theatre described Forrest as " By far the more dangerous man", the
only "rebel" the gave him pause, so to speak.
Also as a side note, nice touch with the Tecumseh quote. Being 1/32
Kentucky Shawnee of the Tecumseh Tribe (not enough for a Indian
card) but a nice touch. My great times two grandmother is my claim
to this, her last name(nye) was bullit of all things.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Rick Moody <r_moody@...> wrote:
> --- GnrlJEJohnston@... wrote:
> > First of all, I am not a Forrest worshipper. But
> > let us take a look at the
> > man and what positive things he did accomplish.
> > Here was a man with no
> > military training that just with intuition,
> > brashness, bravery, and leadership
> > created such a reputation in doing damage to Union,
> > that he was called a Devil.
> > IMHO, he was an individual that left alone, could do
> > more than if he was
> > part of a formal military unit. He was not a myth
> > and he was a legend within
> > his own time. I could care less if he did or did
> > not have a confrontation with
> > Bragg. I do care that he created havoc with Union
> > troops and installations
> > in that his strategy and tactics used at Brice's
> > Crossroads is still studied
> > at USMC and other important military academies.
> > For those that want to
> > believe all the stories that have disemminated
> > about him, fine. For those that
> > seek factual history will demand creditable
> > documentation. For those that just
> > believe he was a leader that deserved and earned
> > the respect not of only his
> > own men, but of the enemy as well, they do as I do,
> > salute him.
> > JEJ
> > "As fast as we gain one position, the enemy (JEJ)
> > has another all ready."
> > William T. Sherman, June 1864
> Of all the events in the western theater of operations
> the only group the unions army could not get a handle
> on was Forrest. This is where his legend comes from
> IMO. Sort of a "No one whipped Forrest" concept. He
> was the one the union feared the most and rightfully
> so as no one could pin him down when he was operating
> independently. I'm not one to give him god like
> status either because when placed inside of another
> command he was frequently ineffective. When
> independent he was near invincible. He excelled at
> stealth, deception and quick raids. In this area he
> deserves his status as a legend IMO.
> Rick Moody
> "When you arise in the morning,
> give thanks for the morning light,
> for your life and strength.
> Give thanks for your food,
> and the joy of living.
> If you see no reason for giving thanks,
> the fault lies with yourself."
> Tecumseh, Shawnee
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