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46248Re: JAN -JUN 1862 in the western theater

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  • William H Keene
    Apr 14, 2009
      --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, "Tony Gunter" <tony_gunter@...> wrote:
      > --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, "William H Keene" <wh_keene@> wrote:
      > >
      > > --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, "Tony Gunter" <tony_gunter@> wrote:
      > >
      > > > Why Jan-Jun? That's very specific, and is not bounded by any logical events. Why not Feb-May? Why not Jan-Oct?
      > >
      > > Seems logical to me.
      > > January is when activity started in Kentucky.
      > > June is when the US initiative fizzled out.
      > Exactly ... it's taking the logical boundary one month too far.

      Not in my opinion.

      > Jan-May would be the logical separation: Zollicoffer is killed, Donelson falls to Grant, Buell moves south to Nashville, both armies converge on Shiloh, Halleck takes Corinth, New Orleans falls to Farragut.

      To me it makes sense to continue into June with the pursuit after Corinth, the initial move toward Chattanooga, the capture of Memphis, the effort to take Vicksburg from below, etc. US forces still had some momentum into June.

      > June is the beginning of a great federal denouement: the great federal army at Corinth is split up, Rosecrans creeps towards Chattanooga only to be thwarted,

      You mean Buell?

      > ... Halleck is called away to Washington,
      > ... Farragut fails to force the capitulation of Vicksburg,


      > ... Bragg wrests the initiative from the federals and invades Kentucky, the Confederates fortify Port Hudson and Snyder's Bluff securing the Red and Yazoo Rivers to Confederate navigation.

      All subsequent to June.

      > Then in October we see Grant, though left with barely enough forces to hold the ground that he has been ordered to defend, decide on his own to reclaim the initiative in the west. At the same time, Bragg withdraws to Knoxville.

      The initiative was also being reclaimed by means of river based expeditions ordered by Washington.

      > So the logical periods are Jan-May, Jun-August, Oct-Dec.

      I disagree. I'd do Jan-June; June-Nov; Nov-Apr'63; etc.
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